31 Oct '16, 6pm

Streets are for people first, Part II

Streets are for people first, Part II

In Part I, we noted how cities somehow are able to make provision for cars during construction, but people walking? They have to fend for themselves. I was writing then about Hamilton, Ontario, but walking home from my mom’s apartment this weekend I was stopped dead in my tracks by this: the installation of a new sidewalk that has been going on for a week or two. The construction firm has closed a full lane so that they can park- a trailer full of lumber. During the week when they are working, they park their own cars there. Just a lane for cars/ Lloyd Alter/CC BY 2.0 This spot is in between a couple of seniors residences and the local big grocery store and subway station, so it is a busy sidewalk. The lane that they closed is more than wide enough to provide both a place for them to work and a pedestrian passage, but they don’t. Pedestrians don’t matter much in Toronto, u...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/walking/streets-are-people-firs...

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