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  1. Rochester is too far for a ferry service, especially as once you get past Niagara the coastline parallels the ferry course. Now a passenger service to Niagara and a truck service to Lewiston, cutting the corner of Hamilton-Burlington – I bet that would be a damn sight cheaper than twinning the Peace Bridge and building more highways through the Escarpment.

  2. I agree with Alexander, how and why they were terrorizing people. The information is vague at the most.

  3. I guess the gardiner IS coming down after all.Now the question is will it cost the taxpayers 1 or 2 billion dollars, that will be borrowed of course.At the city hall presentation today it was made clear that this will lead to “a drastic tax hike” down the road.So I wonder when will the public be consulted on this dramatic rise in condominiums added to the city and why should the taxpayer bear the burden of the required upgrades to the infrastructure costs?

    Adam Vaughan asked about the lower don lands “nature reconstruction projects” and was greeted with a non-response as if they even give a damn about the environment.Yet Adam insisted that they are planning new bridges to be built, so inquired where they would be constructed.Again there was a bit of baffle gab and it was clear that Adam was “barking” up the wrong tree.Score one for the developers score zip for the rest of us.Thanks to you know who.

  4. george- respectfully you credit the wrong group at the end of your article. This is a total bait and switch owned by Miller. And it’s just the beginning as I’ve stated many times on this forum.

    As for Adam Vaughn, he’s also looking for another photo op and reason to hold another self-serving round of commentaries on city tv.

    There is little ‘green’ besides envy from this mayor and many on council so if you are looking for ‘nature’ look fast because with Parks & Wreck doing its overpriced, under worked best, this city is losing what little it has and FAST.

  5. Taking down this section of the Gardiner may be a good thing… and it may be a bad thing. But I haven’t seen any compelling case (or facts) put forward by those who want to tear it down. The mayor’s oft quoted figure of this move adding just 2 minutes to commute times sounds like absolute nonsense, especially when one considers all the new condo units they are planning to build down there. (And of course the mayor’s figure doesn’t even reference drivers who are trying to connect to the northbound DVP.) We do need to reduce car useage in Toronto, but this plan will likely just end up adding more congestion to area neighborhoods — and Toronto is already considered the 3rd worst congested city in North America. Are we going for number #1? Build the transit capacity first. Then let’s talk about whether or not it makes sense to tear it down. For now, I don’t see how this is anything but a move to free up more land for condo developers. I am not anti-development, but it is frustrating to see all this development taking place without adequate planning of transit and other services required for those who will be moving in.