Comment 67242

By Undustrial (registered) - website | Posted August 02, 2011 at 16:31:58 in reply to Comment 67232

Developing methods and systems for conflict resolution isn't easy, but it goes along pretty well with the notion of town-hall meetings. Even if it weren't binding (ie: mediation, counselling etc), it could certainly go a good way toward resolving neighbourhood tensions.

The current complaint-based system has a bit of a tendency to inflame these tensions. Ask any beat-cop or bylaw enforcement officer how often this kind of thing happens, and how much they hate dealing with it.

The one fear I have is that such a system would end up targeting certain complains and populations more than most. An online database of home addresses raises some ugly possibilities. The squeaky wheel gets the grease in these sorts of cases, and some people complain more than most, especially on certain issues. This is why it's important that we reach out to all different kinds of people, and have a good dialogue from the start.

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