Development has to go both ways. Infrastructure won't rise if there is no incentive. And there's no incentive if the infrastructure is crap.thisismyid wrote: ↑May 28th, 2016 7:29 pmI think it should be the other way around , first you need to have something to offer so outsiders want to do business with you, then you build the infrastructure to facilitate - otherwise it would've been just like Kim K , no matter how rich and famous she gets, she is still only known for that sex tape and her attention- wh0r€-ness
Having good infrastructure does indeed improve quality of life, especially transportation. Imagine if citizens didn't spend 1 hour + to commute one way to work/home. People would have more time to enjoy their lives. The chain effects are small if I list individually but large if combined.
-More attractive to tourists. I think one serious flaw of traveling in Canada is that everything is far away. Niagara falls? 1 hour + drive. Algonquin park? 3 hour + drive. Banff? Get off at Calgary airport and spend another half day driving
-Less driving means less carbon foot print, less traffic accidents. People save money on gas (or not drive at all and save on insurance/maintenance etc)
-Improve access to employment for many people where commute times make things not feasible
-Increase worker productivity (deliveries more on time, workers not as likely to be late)
-Reducing travel time gives more time for people to spend with families and friends instead of being stuck in traffic.
Many people agree that Toronto has very poor transit system. It's easy to agree when customer service is made terrible by people with union mentality, who are also overpaid. In HK the bus drivers are like rowdy peasants with no education but at least the fare is dirt cheap and very efficient. In Toronto we are bombarded by endless signal problems, and the occasional worker's attitude. We know the union definitely has some blame, and that we could use more funding. So it's just a matter of DOING IT.
I'm glad the UPX was made. It's a step in the right direction. Was it executed well? Not really. But the problems are solvable.