Sidewalks for Sidewalking
Back at the beginning of the month, Brampton's city council decided to direct staff to find a solution to the problem of cars parking illegally on the streets overnight - a noble cause. However, the devil is in the details. Council asked staff to look into allowing residents to park over the sidewalk, at recreation centres and potentially at area schools.
While council added that parking in these areas should only be allowed at certain times, it clearly displays council's philosophy on transportation. Regardless of when such parking is restricted to, this move sends a very clear message:
Cars are more important than pedestrians, and are more deserving of the sidewalk space.
Rather than attempting to find out why there are more cars than the area is designed for, attempting to reduce the amount of cars by improving transit services to neighbourhoods, or attempting to encourage walking and other forms of environmentally friendly transportation, Brampton's leaders have thrown their hands up in defeat.
I have faith that the city planners will realize the folly of Council, but it pains me to think that those with the power to enact law can entertain such shortsighted, regressive thoughts.
Labels: urban design