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Spadina is one of the most active pedestrian streets in the city. It has wider sidewalks in many places that make it a very dynamic street to walk along. The traffic on Spadina is heavy and has increased substantially in recent years. It would be an absolute nightmare if the streetcar did not have its own right of way especially in the southern end. The 7-8 lanes of traffic do far more to make this street pedestrian unfriendly than the 20-40 feet of streetcar ROW, and no doubt move fewer people. I'm not saying they should be reduced, just countering the suggestion that the streetcar ROW is a problem on Spadina.
OK so making the street 20 to 40 feet wider improves the street experience? And adding the streetcar "bump" in the middle of the dtreet is of no consequence? Then why is it that the shop owners and people who live in the area hate it? I mean, really, what do they know?
Then why is it that the shop owners and people who live in the area hate it? I mean, really, what do they know?
For those of us ancient enough to remember the Spadina Bus days, the dedicated way is a thorough and reliable improvement. The street used to be lined with butt-out streetside parking and awkward bus accomodations that did little to support generous and verdant sidewalks.