News RoundupAn interesting op/ed piece in the Toronto Star today discusses poverty and the need for more accessible transit. In essence, skyrocketing property values in the downtown core are pushing low-income families into the outer 416 and the 905, where the lack of transit forces them to buy a car which money they barely have. This brings up a few thoughts, with one more related than the other:
- Not everyone is trying to get downtown, and we need to improve transit everywhere in the GTAH - especially in the 905.
- Subways can carry more people than light rail systems, but since a subway has fewer stations along its route, the areas around the stations become valuable and property values rise accordingly. If we want to build subways to priority neighbourhoods instead of light rail, then we have to be careful that we don't price those neighbourhoods outside of the reach of low income families.
Finally, a question:
How do you feel about the Museum station renovations? Do you feel that each subway station should have a unique identity, or do you believe that consistency between stations is best. I believe that each station should have a unique identity to make it instantly clear about where you are, and to make each station a little more interesting. However, many disagree with me.