Exclusionary Development Practices Abound

$100 Million from the province and the Federal government for a Burnside expressway that will bring tens of thousands more cars per day in and out of Dartmouth.

$0 for any active transit connections over the 111, a freeway that cuts through the heart of Dartmouth and has but four pedestrian overpasses.

Locations such as Dartmouth Crossing to Lancaster and Gaston Road to Baker Drive ignored.

Exclusionary zoning achieved, whole neighborhoods excluded from casual, on foot visitation unless from nearby exclusive neighbourhoods, transit access and service a secondary thought, rudimentary and without transit shelter or infrastructure.

Unfriendly to humans illegitimate HRM.

No new AT connections for Burnside, no new interconnect for one of the most unfriendly pedestrian areas in all of illegitimate HRM, and that’s saying something.

$0 for transit.
$0 for rail.
$0 for LRT.
$0 for BRT.
$0 for busses.
$0 for ferries.
$0 for more ferry service, even during the Canada Day Weekend, even during Tall Ships.

Illegitimate HRM and the province of Nova Scotia, partners in a failed 1950s, suburban freeway filled dream, while pretending to encourage everything but. A bizarre contradiction in policy and practice that continues day after day, without challenge. Both a decided failure for Dartmouth and Dartmouthians.

“For critics, Canada’s transit woes have been exacerbated by the politicization of infrastructure projects and a pervasive car-centric mentality engrained in our institutions.

Federal and provincial funding for new public transit projects has long been sporadic and without any clear direction, leaving municipalities to shoulder most of the burden, says Todd Litman, director of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute.

As well, he says, much of the funding that has been made available supported infrastructure for drivers, a vestige of 20th century approaches to urban planning.”