There was no option for the beautification of the centre lane, the project was focused on the pedestrian realm by widening and improving sidewalk conditions, improving the Jarvis/Charles/Mt. Pleasant intersection, planting of trees and gardens, sidewalk furniture, improved light fixtures, grand entrance to Allen Gardens off Jarvis, way-finding signage/historic bronze sidewalk inlays etc. I would have taken a beautified destination street over bike lanes, and certainly over what Ford & Co. gave back.
Exactly. Sherbourne and Castle Frank are underbuilt TTC stations. I'm always amazed there are people out there who lie awake at night "worrying" about density in the core of the city.
The rush hour traffic on sherborne is unbearable at times. It's just one lane wide and yet we're adding a multitude of new condos. Something has to give.
I don't believe in preventing a given condo or another from being built in the name of somehow "fixing" traffic.
In my opinion traffic is a fact of life for our city that is a result of population growth and cannot be "fixed" unless there is a huge economic collapse or energy crisis.
From my perspective building housing units near traffic-immune transit lines or in locations with the possibility residents of walking or biking means that you're giving more people the opportunity to potentially choose to live without driving to and from work on a daily basis, and therefore bypassing that traffic.
I find many who drive often simply can't believe or accept that others live without driving daily, but I do, and I know many more people who do.
People don't expect more roads, but they do expect other transportation infastructure (ie. public transit and bike lanes) to increase, proportionally, with the population.