Comment 48083

By Kiely (registered) | Posted September 22, 2010 at 16:21:26

He is also right that public projects should not be used as a distraction/excuse for continuing to neglect sound policy that is conducive and supportive of community enterprises and initiatives. The outrageous Pearl issue is case in point. The case of the failed coffee shop at King and Sherman is infuriating. There is absolutely a tie in to public projects:

Public projects (properly done) are amazing, community building, and create real assets for the public and private good. But if its positive externalities are strangled - what's the point? It is insane to build LRT and then strangle one of its principle benefits - increased business and investment. I see his point if I interpreted it correctly. Get your house in order - have a sane regulatory framework - so that $public_project (e.g. LRT) will have an environment in which its benefits can actually accrue! - Mikeonthemountain

Well said Mike!

Comment edited by Kiely on 2010-09-22 15:21:48

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