This streetscape is in the 'politician' section of Milton Ontario. The streets are largely named after politicos of varying stripe - Louis Saint Laurent Avenue, Trudeau Drive, Clark Boulevard, Bennett Boulevard, James Snow Parkway, Kennedy Circle.
There's even a new High School just down the street named after Criag Kielburger. While not formally a politician, at least not yet, nor a Miltonite (he hails from Thornhill), he began campaigning to eliminate child slavery around the world when he was only 12 years old.
I guess that deserves getting something named after you.
But I'm not talking politics here.
I just thought when I saw this piece of urban environment that it encapsulated a lot of Good Things.
On the far left is a residential street, which cars can only get to in a very limited number of ways.
Hence, local traffic only.
Hence, a perfect place to play road hockey.
Next is a pedestrian sidewalk, then a bike path, then the major arterial road for through traffic.
So the varying types of traffic, vehicular and otherwise, are all separated. Everybody should be happy.
I guess not every neighbourhood has the space to make this happen. But this one, carved as it was out of a green field and green woods, offered the planners essentially Carte Blanche, you should pardon the expression, and they seem to have done a decent job of it.
Now if only the intersections nearby were controlled by roundabouts, they'd have really nailed it.
There are some nearby, but not here.
I can't help but wonder - why is that?
They came so close to getting it darn-near perfect...