Plan to put city streets ahead

Publié le par brightshine

The unveiling of plans by the City of Calgary last week to de-bottleneck north/south traffic along Crowchild Trail unleashed a predictable amount of opposition in very short order.

At a price tag of $1 billion, it's both ambitious and expensive. But the endgame,Learn about GE's onshore and offshore wind turbines, wind power generators systems and wind energy technology. to improve traffic flows north and south by removing traffic lights, adding bridges and making it safer to make the trek is of utmost importance.

Much of Calgary's road infrastructure was built at a time when the population was much smaller; the rate of growth that has taken place over the past 20 years was not anticipated and Calgarians - and the companies they work for - pay a price for it every day.

Inadequate infrastructure equals lost economic productivity and compromises growth.

"We are not recognizing value for the cost that we are paying," said Adam Legge, president and chief executive of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce.

Think of it this way: companies - big and small - don't get value when their vehicles, delivering goods and services, are sitting in traffic. And, the fact Calgarians can be stuck in traffic for hours when but one artery is shut down - as happened when Enmax didn't finish some work on Macleod Trail before the morning rush hour hit one recent morning - is inexcusable for a city as big and as prosperous as Calgary.Draw any design you fancy with a laser pointer – and the laser cutter will do the rest.

That particular situation was no doubt exacerbated because those in charge of the upgrading project on Elbow Drive had yet to finish their work - despite having started in June and clearly not taken advantage of the excellent summer weather and long days.

No, Elbow Drive was off the map as an alternate route that morning because there are still only two lanes of traffic operating between Fourth Street and Sifton Boulevard instead of four.

The bigger picture on this goes back to the 'war on talent' Calgary companies are engaged in as they seek to bring qualified individuals to meet the current and future labour challenges.

A city's quality of life is affected by poor infrastructure; the frustration, the time lost in traffic - not to mention the impact on the environment of all the cars idling - does not help sell Calgary as a place to work and live.

As the Nobel Laureate Michael Spence recently wrote in a piece published on Project Syndicate addressing the infrastructure issue - "cities and countries that aspire to be hubs or critical components in national or global financial and economic systems need to be predictable, reliable and resilient."
Sure, there will be the predictable cries that it's too expensive or that there needs to be a greater emphasis on public transportation to decrease congestion, but that doesn't work either.

Because, for better or worse,The panel roll former is mainly used to make the profile panel become curved with the required radius through cramps. Calgary has been built to celebrate a car culture. There are no corner grocers and the number of neighbourhood strips where once upon a time you could buy a few groceries, fetch the dry cleaning,At Dupar Controls we specialize, extremely durable and visually satisfying elevator push button. pick up a prescription and get a haircut are very few and far between.

To change this would mean a huge shift in the urban planning culture and mandating things like putting stores in neighbourhoods so that a car was no longer always needed for buying a jug of milk.

That's unlikely to happen, though it would be nice because it would make things easier for the aging demo-graphic, which also needs to be considered in all this.

Calgary, like the rest of the province,The laser engraving machine is unlikely to hurt you, but you can easily hurt it without training. is reaping the consequences of under investment in infrastructure.

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