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Old Posted Feb 9, 2018, 10:11 PM
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I want to be able to do that here. Why not here!?!

Okay, a few years in Winnipeg, so I've got another five years to wait for it to show up here.
You should check out Victoria Park sometime...
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Old Posted Feb 10, 2018, 10:28 PM
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Old Posted Feb 11, 2018, 1:41 AM
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Is that a toll bridge? If it is, they should remove the toll.
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Old Posted Feb 11, 2018, 1:53 AM
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Is that a toll bridge? If it is, they should remove the toll.
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Old Posted Feb 11, 2018, 2:02 AM
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Both the bridges are toll bridges, and on neither of them should they remove the toll. Although it might be nice to have boothless tolls like highway 407 in order to improve traffic flow and reduce overheard costs.
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Old Posted Feb 11, 2018, 2:52 AM
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Is that a toll bridge? If it is, they should remove the toll.
They even have a toll on the highway leading to Halifax which I find kinda sad since its part of the Trans-Canada Highway but I know how to avoid it..
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Old Posted Feb 11, 2018, 3:07 AM
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My view is that the Tolls are fine when there is another longer route available. Oddly my first experience with tolls was in BC, but those have been shut down so it appears Nova Scotia leads the way with toll roads in Canada currently.

Japan and USA seem to do a good job in getting road costs paid for with tolls. It also
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Old Posted Feb 11, 2018, 7:11 PM
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^That's nice to know, the toll was still there last time I was in BC but that was already a few years ago. How time flies.
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My view is that the Tolls are fine when there is another longer route available. Oddly my first experience with tolls was in BC, but those have been shut down so it appears Nova Scotia leads the way with toll roads in Canada currently.

Japan and USA seem to do a good job in getting road costs paid for with tolls. It also
I expect in the electrified future of personal transportation that we will all be paying virtual road tolls based on usage.

Right now gas taxes pay for road maintenance (at least they're supposed to). Once gas consumption starts to plummet, then alternative revenue streams to pay for road construction and maintenance will be necessary. You could increase taxes on electricity, but this would unfairly penalize people without cars. The alternative would be to tax each vehicle based on kilometrage. If all vehicles are GPS enabled and permanently on-line, this could be easily accomplished. You could even vary the rate per km depending on the road travelled on and the time of day in order to deal with problems of congestion.....
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I actually should go to Halifax and check it out for myself, but at first sight, my impression is that there is a very awkward transition zone between the downtown and the North End. There is something that looks like a Staples, and then a weird low slung building with a sloped roof and then a bunch of surface parking lots. That's a shame. It looks like the real meat of the North End is around where that armoury is, and to the north, but the piece connecting that to downtown feels like a bit of a no man's land.
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It isn't just the transition; the northwestern part of downtown itself just isn't that great. Mid 20th century urban renewal resulting in parking podiums, commie blocks, set backs, blank walls etc. Basically everything in the triangle between Barrington, Duke, the Hill and Cogswell is... blah. Probably will be tough to fix although the planned addition to Scotia Square and some recent construction including street-level retail on Brunswick are helping.
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Old Posted Feb 11, 2018, 11:00 PM
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Yeah, that area is pretty much what it looks like. There is little of interest at street level and there isn't a good path for pedestrians between the Barrington and Gottingen areas.

Those parking lots aren't that old though. One is from a warehouse that burned down a couple years ago and another was demolition for a new development. They'll probably be developed in the next few years. The Cogswell interchange is coming down too.

Halifax is worth the trip from Toronto and it has a somewhat unique flavour. It is not as picturesque as say Quebec City but it has a lot of history for a Canadian city.
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