My latest post, on the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce embracing walkability and transit as necessary business infrastructure:
For older cities like Hamilton, this provides an opportunity, as they developed around a time when density was greater in new developments than it has been in recent decades, thus providing in most cases a greater stock of already (or easily convertable) walkable areas. It’s proximity to Toronto (it’s connected by GO Train) and other major centers can serve as an additional competitive asset.
Provocative argument, but it makes good points:
Let’s begin with crack. It’s got immediate perks for sure. But there are the long-term consequences that render the short-term gains moot. This lesson of crack is also the lesson of big box economics, i.e., initial tax revenue hit succumbs to long-term cost of sprawl. But we got no rehab for cities, or any value-driven consensus to stop the self-destructing instant gratification for that matter.
Definitely need to find a copy of this:
In these places where there’s all this death and decay, there are moments of birth and life and renewal: the reflection of light on a piece of glass, a flower growing. I wanted A to be everything and nothing.