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I agree with a lot of what Uchenna says. I'd add that you can't just look at what people in Ward 5 are opposing, but what are they asking for that the city isn't providing. I'm sure Ward 5 could live with undesirable thing x, y, and z, if it meant that residents get tons of cool stuff like city parks, better schools, better transport options, etc. So if the city wants Ward 5 to swallow these things, just sweeten the deal a bit to make these things more palatable. If there is this give and take going on that I'm not aware of, that should be raised in the article.

For example, Mcmillan is in Ward 5 and the mayor recently said he wanted that space to be part of a world-class medical facility. Ummm neighbors have lots of wants and desires for the McMillan space but I don't think that's one of them. Even the controversial vision McMillan plan incorporates a big chunk of park space and the ability for that space to be programmed according to neighborhood desires.

by 11luke on Nov 16, 2012 5:34 pm • linkreport

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