If a city is in the business of providing and looking after essential infrastructure, such as roads, a smart city knows that that is its prime responsibility.
To maintain roads a smart city follows the hierarchy of roads. Baring an emergency, e.g., water main break, arterial roads rank higher than collector roads, collector roads come before local roads (side streets).
In Brantford, Ontario the “streetscaping” of George St. (side street) adjacent to Victoria Park shows that the city
has the ability to maintain and beautify Brantford’s roads. Unfortunately, this must be done within the hierarchy of roads. It’s unacceptable to make cosmetic changes to George St. (side street) when:
Colborne St. (arterial) is in this condition
Dalhousie St.(arterial) is in this condition
Brant Ave. (arterial) is in this condition
During last year’s municipal election candidates got an earful about road conditions and the unneeded and unaffordable cosmetic changes to Victoria Park. You would have thought that The City of Brantford got the message.
Another example of a side street about to get priority is Lorne Crescent (Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs is kicking in $2 Million—will crops be grown on neighbourhood lawns?), which looks like this. If only Colborne St., Dalhousie St. and Brant Ave. were this smooth!
By the way, a smart city knows that if it can’t maintain its current roads, it can’t chew up farm land (aka boundary adjustment) to build new ones.
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