Great News For the Downtown Core

Hot off the press…I’m excited to share:  LTC Pilot Project

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9 responses to “Great News For the Downtown Core

  1. Excellent idea and thanks for letting the rest of us know. Great blog City Mom!

  2. Yup I agree, great blog and great to keep us informed of downtown events! I think this could work with the buses, although that corner of Richmond/Dundas will probably still remain the way it is. Isn’t the Ontario Works office in the Market Tower right at that corner? I think that typically is why a lot of the same type of crowd tend to migrate there. Not to generalize, but typically I think this adds to the cause. We’ll see how it works!

    On a side note: I just heard that Lambeth finally got a city bus! It’s about time!

  3. I’m thrilled about this. I was planning on tackling this topic in a future post, now I’ve got some meaty content! At least this is a start and I don’t think this is a generalization. This is obvious and a real problem in downtown and something needed to be done to clean that part of the core up. Too bad we have to wait a year!

  4. I think this has the potential to be good for the core. It really shouldn’t change transfers too much as I would think that very vew people transfer from a bus headed west to a bus headed east. What would make this even more spectacular would be if the city launched a project at the same time that makes that same stretch of Dundas pedestrians only on the weekends (Friday 3am to Monday 5am to fall in line with parking bylaws). Maybe even include a whole uninterrupted week of no cars on Dundas as an extension of that. Then speak with the business owners (all of them, not just a select few) along that stretch to see if there were any positive or negative changes in sales, customer traffic, and customer comments.

    • Thanks for the comment Rob. I love that idea! I’m thinking Hess Villiage in Hamilton, ON. If there was in fact a positive effect from that idea it would motivate more shops, botiques etc. to open businesses on Dundas. I can’t wait to see the new face of downtown.

      On a seperate note…will we ever get a grocery store in the core?

  5. I’m interesting in seeing the result of this pilot on crime levels. I’ve read with criminology when it comes to crime reduction tactics, moving and cleaning up areas (or adding a local police station) doesn’t work like they should. The crime just goes elsewhere.

    Andrew

    • I’m not surprised to hear that and am interested to see what the results are as well. Any area where you have a large number of people gathering can create a better probability of crime. The goal here may be to spread the gathering out. I also think that the crime’ or lack of feeling safe in the location could be more perceived then actual occurrences. The story will tell itself.

  6. I’m way late on this post, but felt I should chime in.

    Pedestrianizing streets is a tough thing to have success with, especially in a Mid-size North American city that doesn’t have a large permanent downtown resident population to provide the necessary foot traffic. It works in European cities because of the density and scale of their streets/alleyways which were originally built for the pedestrian as cars did not yet exist. North American streets were built or altered with the car in mind as they were young enough in their development to accommodate the growing number of cars on the road. Their is a happy medium that is emerging recently though called “Naked Streets” that treats roads with a single paving material and uses planters and street furniture to signify the change from pedestrian space to vehicular space instead of the change in elevation from sidewalk to street we currently experience. The idea is that both pedestrian and drivers alike have to be more aware of one another which ultimately slows the traffic pace and makes the area more pedestrian friendly.

    People should know if they are going to drive down Dundas that it will be at a slow pace and if they want to by-pass that then the should take York or Queens. This is not to say that pedestrianizing streets can’t be achieved, just that I think their is a happy middle ground to be found somewhere as whether we like it or not, cars are a major part of our cities in North America.

    • Another interesting outlook and good information. Thanks again for sharing. I didn’t realize all that was necessary. I think you should do a guest post for City Mom in the near future.

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