||If nothing else, the LRT debate has highlighted that we do have serious problems with our existing HSR transit options. We can't build LRT, then continue to ignore bus transit - one cannot succeed without the other. We also have to find ways to address the displacement of vulnerable populations through increased property values. Affordable housing has to be part of the LRT plan. Finally, we must leverage our investment in LRT - the whole purpose of this project is to make Hamilton a better place to live and encourage urban growth. We have to make sure that zoning and regulations are in place to make sure that we encourage quality growth, with attention to how people will interact with urban spaces, the aesthetic qualities of the urban form and allowances for green space and recreation.
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