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Re: “Traffic roundabouts suggested for three intersections bordering the Halifax Common

Good idea in principle, bad idea in practice. They work in Britain because the British are used to them. Haligonians have enough trouble with the new left turn arrow at the Robie/Cunard intersection.

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Posted by GordonEE on 03/31/2010 at 8:10 PM

Re: “Is $9.5 million for a new Bridge Terminal money well spent?

This poll is poorly worded. The question is whether a transit terminal in Dartmouth is worth the cost, but the negative response answers the question of whether it's worth losing greenspace. What if I think $9.5m is definitely money well spent, but the environmental costs are too great?

Posted by GordonEE on 03/10/2010 at 11:02 AM

Re: “Council's secret "public meeting" on tax reform

Business as usual for the Halifax council.

Posted by GordonEE on 11/16/2009 at 8:57 PM

Re: “Transit plan: not perfect, but necessary

Fair enough, I retract my "like it or get out" comment, but I still defend our "welfare economy". I have no problem with people complaining that things are run poorly, but if you object to the entire system of government then I don't think your voice is going to be heard. It would be like living in America and complaining that it's not communist enough. And I'm still not convinced that all our problems can be solved with a generous helping of free market.

Posted by GordonEE on 11/03/2009 at 3:55 PM

Re: “Transit plan: not perfect, but necessary

Chris, you should consider a career writing for The Economist. I would like to remind you how well the privatization of Nova Scotia Power is working out for us. And perhaps you should have a look on BBC News today and read that since the privatization of British Rail, the fares have increased at a rate three times that of inflation.

The Halifax Regional Municipality isn't exactly a lucrative market for privatized public transit. Hell, we can't even get an IKEA. It is in every citizen's interest to support an effective transit system. It reduces congestion, supports local business, and promotes tourism (hey Metro Transit, how about a bus route from the cruise ship piers, huh?). If you feel this is a waste of our money, you are free to vote for someone else or move to a city that meets your libertarian needs.

You're correct that mass transportation is not a right. Neither are roads, schools, libraries, and so forth. I'm not saying HRM council is perfect, far from it. But I don't really think the solution is to shut it down and let us all fend for ourselves.

Posted by GordonEE on 11/03/2009 at 3:05 PM

Re: “Transit plan: not perfect, but necessary

"For example, if you live on the peninsula and want to go to Dartmouth Crossing, you have to take a bus over to the Bridge Terminal, transfer to a bus taking you to the Penhorn Terminal, then transfer again to the Walmart to Walmart bus, just to get there."

Actually, an easier way would be to take the #10 to Mic Mac Mall and transfer to the #56 from there (or the #72 if you want to take the scenic route). Although, this does involve a minimum 17 minute wait.

Still, great article. Another major omission (unless I missed it) was a new night-time bus service. It's still extremely difficult to get home from the bar after midnight.

Posted by GordonEE on 11/03/2009 at 8:31 AM

Re: “Twit Shit.

Twitter keeping me informed?! This is not what I signed up for!!

Posted by GordonEE on 10/28/2009 at 4:14 PM

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