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10-15-2012, 11:36 AM
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Originally Posted by EdTheSabresFan View Post
Ottawa has a major issue with change.

There seems to be a preponderance of people who just can't handle major infrastructure additions, or major changes to existing infrastructure, in this city.

Examples include: freakouts over Lansdowne, the casino project, LRT, highway lane increases, even electronic billboards for heaven's sake.

In my opinion, Ottawa is lagging hard behind similar sized cities such as Calgary, Edmonton, and Winnipeg.

All these cities have full length LRT systems, new or at least substantially functional major sporting/entertainment infrastructure, and a thriving business sector.

In my opinion Ottawa is falling behind, despite its higher population; honestly this is a problem with the city's mindset. I have never in my life seen NIMBYism as intense as here in this city.
No we don't. Calgary might have the most expansive LRT system in Canada, but if you live in the city you know the entire transit system is ****'ing terrible.

It's the only city in the world where LRT trains yield to cars (In downtown there are intersections were the trains have to stop at lights to allow cars through). The trains are regularly late (every 5 minutes during rush hour = half an hour a train in real life), and there is an entire quadrant of the city that the LRT doesn't service at all (SE, which is where I live).

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Originally Posted by BonkTastic View Post
You want to see a city that can't handle major changes to infrastructure? Come visit me in Indonesia. Until then, enjoy the phenomenal luxuries a first-world capital offers and stop taking for granted what many others would kill for (<---hyperbole warning: actual killing may not occur over Canadian infrastructure).

Living in SE Asia is a huge eye-opener. People complain about a lack of LRT in Ottawa? T
As someone that regularly travels to Hong Kong to visit relatives, I respectfully disagree. Transit in SE Asia is awesome.

(Disclaimer: The Public Transit system in Hong Kong is arguably the best and most awesome in the world)

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