"Cynical" isn't really the word. Cynical implies a measure of clarity and intelligence. "Silly" is more like it...Mr. Bousquet's rant here is so full of contradictions I don't know where to start. You don't like the old fashioned "complain into the mic" approach...but we should go back to it? You found the process unpalatable... but it was fully effective and convinced most everyone, even you, that the course of action being taken is sane and sensible? Public officials should go back to "ignoring the public"? Really? That's pretty dark. We live in a time of democratic crisis where the public feels utterly disengaged by civic process and smothered by so called professionals doing their jobs from on high. Tim Merry and his crew are revolutionizing, or more like restoring, democracy. A process like the roundabout one was immensely effective in delivering public education on the facts and realities of the issue without just info-dumping. The convention centre consultations made a significant impact on the final designs of the centre. Would you feel better if the crew wore suits and ties and played musak during the breaks rather than hiring local talent?
World Cafe and its cadre of methods represent a profound shift in the way we interact as a society. They emphasize process at least as much as result, listening as much as speaking. When it comes to society, if we're going to take steps toward an interested public, we need to examine the actual experience and process of being a society, not just stand on the sidelines and bitch.
Hmm. so according to the poster above, wheelchairs shouldn't be accommodated because they require a couple of seat spaces. He says he has never seen a wheelchair on a bus. If wheelchairs are never on buses, what is his beef really about? Persons using wheelchairs have just as much right to use public transit as the next person. If he thinks people using wheelchairs get special favours, he would be the first person wanting to get one!
Those roundabouts make a lot of sense from an automobile POV (especially the Cogswell one). I do worry about pedestrians and cyclists though. Roundabouts tend to be really pad for pedestrians because drivers are focused on finding a gap in the traffic rather than looking at the crosswalk in front of them. The solution to that is to have the crosswalks far before the roundabout, but then that greatly increases the distance pedestrians have to go to get around the roundabout.
As for cyclists, I'm not sure there's a good way to get them through a roundabout (especially pertinent in light of discussions to make Agricola a bike corridor). Perhaps a physically separated bike lane?
Perhaps I'll come back and chime in on the public consultation part in a little while...
Homeowners might actually have to deal with the negative aspects of a packaging system that has made their lives infinitely safer and easier? Oh the humanity! Oh the burden!
I like roundabouts, though I can't really see the huge problem with what's there.
But the post sounds to me as if Tim is ranting at the biggest microphone he can find, and would much rather be ranting than having a real conversation with anyone, woo-woo or otherwise.
I love reading about that haiku spouting ferry, i mean merry. 400k? not bad, dude.
As for the roundary, I've been biking and driving through it (mostly biking) for nigh on 20 years now and the recent changes have been a massive improvement on its efficiency and safety (from a cyclists point of view). Take the lane, dude.
Tim is usually right but I think he is wrong in this case. I'm extremely familiar with the Armdale roundabout and it sucks for bikes and pedestrians as well as for cars at certain times. The Larry Uteck roundabouts are just totally ridiculous and unnecessary. North Park and Cunard is just a regular 4 way intersection and there is no need for this. North Park and Cogswell is a five way so might be appropriate but unequal volumes of traffic makes it a bad candidate and there really isn't much room either. I wish the traffic people would just look at the accident data and come up with a cheap solution to the major problems at an intersection instead of just wanting to change everything.
Brilliant, funniest column I have read anywhere in the past month.
The Merry clowns should be run out of town. We have a low income housing crisis and my taxes are pissed away on this 'Merry' nonsense.
Umm ... about being unhinged, there's clearly something wrong with me 'cause I never had a problem with the old Armdale and Mic Mac Rotaries. Liked both, especially the Armdale one. It was superior to the present version.
Only concern with North American roundabouts is the length of our trucks ... but that is only a slight scale change.
They work wonderfully, actually. They've been using them in many parts of the world for decades—hardly flavour of the month. (They're better than standard intersections: If you miss your exit you just go around and there it comes again.)
The Mic Mac Rotary is awful, however, but that's due, as Bousquet says, to terrible design.
Replacing buses that have 49 seats with new "accessible" ones that have only 36 seats means more overcrowding, more standees, and more dissatisfaction with Transit. How often do wheelchairs actually end up on buses? Answer: not very often at all. A better solution to the accessibility problem is needed. Inconveniencing 99% of your customers to accommodate a potential 1% is hardly a sound business strategy.
Yes, by all means let's burden the homeowner with even more unpaid labor requirements. As it is you practically have to clean and press whatever gets put on the curb to get it past the garbage police.
The fact that roundabouts are the flavor of the month right now tells me all I need to know. I do not want them, because they don't work and we'll be stuck with them for the next 50 years.
Please if your downtown, just lock your doors. Make it a habit. I lock my apartment door everytime i walk thru the door. They don't seem to be trying very hard and if the door is locked they will 99% of the time just move on.
8 Superintendents in HRP, 2 deputy Chiefs, 1 Chief.
What kinds of things are ending up in the green bins that are uncompostable? I.e. is this something that could be improved by better sorting on the homeowner's end?
How about changing the title from "this week at city council" to reflect the date instead? Right now, under "on the blogs - reality bites" there are two such titles - both are for previous weeks
I have a little question. Do we even have a mayor? I know we had an election and the sheep elected an ex-Federal trougher but he has been invisible. Tim, is he so busy with his snout in the municipal trough that he forgot about his herd? Of course this may be a good thing.
Thank you for shairng this information on Westmounts infected trees. What exactly do you think they are infected with? How did this happen? I have heard that there is a good arborist in calgary that may be able to help.
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