Dear Ward 7 Neighbours:
In my neighbourhood on the north central mountain, we have a number of underutilized business areas along our main arterial roadways such as Upper James and Upper Wellington.
In my recent opinion piece in Raise The Hammer, I touch on some ideas to reimagine our public space and some of the simple changes to the status quo that I would work for if elected.
You can read the piece here:
Here are a few excerpts:
In many ways the north mountain is an island, cut off from the rest of the City by bottlenecks at the escarpment and at the Link, and the Jolley Cut is one of the City’s most active mountain accesses.
And while current traffic volumes on Upper Wellington might be suitable for a single lane of traffic in each direction today, a detailed traffic study would be required to determine the levels of service projected for future traffic growth.
OK – maybe we can’t permanently get rid of two lanes of traffic forever – so what!
Maybe we can get rid of two lanes for ten years. Maybe we can allow non-rush hour parking like on Kenilworth. Maybe all we need is narrower lanes, streetscaping and pedestrian crosswalks.
And why stop at just curbside parking and the occasional crosswalk – why not go for a complete streets redesign!
I have no idea what a final solution might look like, but as an engineer, I love complicated questions like this – because everything listed above can be quantified, analyzed and assigned costs and benefits (level of service, congestion, engineering, construction versus business tax revenue, livability, property values).
In the end, I think that the important part is a willingness to engage in an honest conversation and reject the status quo.
John-Paul Danko – Hamilton City Council Candidate
Ward 7 Hamilton Central Mountain
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