The street is wider but whether it's less hospitable to pedestrians is debatable. The streetscape is hugely improved, the lighting and landscaping are better and the sidewalks are wider (and there are bike lanes) so while it's definitely a longer walk to cross, there is the island in the middle to stage it. It has very clearly facilitated urbanization, though I'm not going to argue that Highway 7 is, say, like Yonge Street through North York Centre. It was a compromise to keep all those lanes instead of taking the bus lanes, for sure. But Highway 7 isn't supposed to be the main street, really, for VMC or Markham Centre or RHC/Langstaff Gateway; each is oriented to centralize OFF of Highway 7, so they can justify keeping it as a "complete street" instead of something less auto-oriented.