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Victoria / Claudelands Intersection – Future 2020 Vision

In October 2005, Hamilton’s Future 2020 Vision plan included a proposal for change to the Victoria St/ Claudelands Rd intersection, showing three main improvements: adding cycle lanes on Victoria St and Claudelands Bridge; removing the right turn into Bryce St, and adding the missing pedestrian crossing on Victoria St to the north side of Claudelands Bridge.

By May 2008 the city leaders had moved on to the ‘Hamilton City Heart Revitalisation Project’. This plan did see the need for a good link between Garden Place and Claudelands, but the project did not actually show any detail on this intersection. In October 2010 someone in council commissioned ViaStrada to identify a cycle route through this intersection. Their drawing did have similarities to the Future 2020 vision thinking, but didn’t remove the right turn into Bryce St, and this concept shows that the reason we don’t have cycle paths and an extra crossing at this intersection is not because there isn’t space for a cycle path.

Around the same time in October 2010, the owners of CentrePlace published a concept plan for the area around their investment, which included what they though the City Heart plan for the intersection of Victoria St with Claudelands Bridge should look like. Here we see that the owners of CentrePlace did not see the need for creating a place for people biking or on foot to have a better link to CentrePlace on the north side of Claudelands Bridge, but they did suggest removing the right turn into Bryce St.

Like Ward St, the problem here isn’t about coming up with ideas for improvements our city, and we should also realise that these ideas don’t need a lot of money to trial them.

Category: Cycling, News, Projects

Hamilton West Town Belt – Trees

The Once-ler says: ‘I chopped down a Truffula Tree with one chop. And with great skilful skill and with great speedy speed’ LOOK “There’s no cause for alarm. I chopped just one tree. I am doing no harm. I’m being quite useful”. [The Once-ler arrives in central Hamilton 2010 and starts with just one tree here, and one tree there] “And in no time at all … the whole Once-ler family was working full tilt … business did grow! Now, chopping one tree at a time was too slow. So I quickly invented my super-Axe-Hacker which whacked off four Truffula Trees at one smacker” [The super-Axe-Hacker has moved into the West Town Belt and in no time seven thirsty medium-size pinoak trees are removed, because small cracks threatened] “some big dogs and some little dogs going around in cars”

 

LOOK

“There’s no cause for alarm. I chopped just one tree [Actually 7 trees]. I am doing no harm. I’m being quite useful.”

In 2010 in the central area of Hamilton I counted 420 trees that could be called mature (15 years+), and of these about 135 could be called large. Now, in 2018, over 20% of the trees have been removed, and what is even sadder, close to a third of the large trees are gone.

The CBD removal tree operation slowed down around 2015, and then the super-Axe-Hacker moved to the area alongside the river. For the Once-ler “business is business! And business must grow”. Now, if we look back, is this a good look for business and the city?

    

The Once-ler notes “UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not … SO … Trees are what everyone needs. Plant a new Truffula. Treat it with care. Give it clean water. And feed it fresh air. Grow a forest. Protect it from axes that hack. Then the Lorax and all of his friends may come back

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