Comment 48536

By Undustrial (registered) - website | Posted September 30, 2010 at 19:14:01

From the beginning, there's been a rather shrill and adversarial tone to much of Milne and Santucci's lobbying, and I suspect that has as much to do with this as anything else. I've been involved with a lot of "fights" in my time (I usually specialize in ad hoc rental law) and this is a huge factor. Once things get personal, they get ugly, no matter who's right, legally or otherwise.

The issue here is not whether the city is creating a "attractive environment for business", it is whether the city is acting to actively discourage it, across the board. Granting a few exemptions or large cash grants doesn't change this. How can we, as a city, claim to be fighting car dependence and global warming when we still make establishment owners pay tens of thousands of dollars for not providing parking lots? These laws are the problem, not the Pearl Company.

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