Considering what they've done in the pilot, they ought to have been able to get this converted in a couple of weeks rather than a couple of months. With the exception of a rise to sidewalk level adjacent to the fountain, the strip is still at street grade, not sidewalk grade. The absence of cars makes it more pedestrian friendly, but a continuous grade between the park and southern street wall would allow visitors to mill about freely and convey the City's sincerity far more conclusively.
But in retrospect, that's not what they promised to do.
From The Hamilton Spectator (Apr 2, 2012)
“What we’re trying to do is simulate a pedestrian space that blends with the park … We’re providing a seamless connection between the park and the businesses between James and Hughson,” the city’s acting manager of landscape architectural services Steve Barnhart said.
In a report going to the public works committee Monday, staff recommended building a permanent raised, concrete crosswalk from the park to the sidewalk that would bring the recreational space closer to the road.
There's one win: A permanent raised crosswalk.