Comment 70509

By seancb (registered) - website | Posted October 12, 2011 at 20:38:56

I can't believe how pathetic this city has become.

We are in a situation now where we:

1...basically screwed ourselves over the stadium funding, funelling what little provincial money we're getting into a crappy stadium in a crappy location that only benefits the tiger cats (And barely at that).

2...turned down the opportunity to build a velodrome, essentially turning ourselves into the joke of the Pan Am bid. THe few people who didn't think we were an armpit before will be pinching their noses for sure once they see how badly we managed our own Pan Am involvement.

3...gave the province an opportunity to pass us up again (metrolinx money) because we have no guts to stand up and demand they build the transit system that we need and deserve.

Meanwhile, we are poised to drop hundreds of millions of dollars on our loser of an airport, purely to line the pockets of the homebuilders who will take the cash away and spend it all in Halton.

Our newspaper makes most of its money from home and car ads, so they won't rock the aerotropolis boat, but they'll stir up the pot over 22 million in amateur sports funding as if it's the end of the world.

Estimates for just the roads and sewers inside aerotropolis sit at 350 million. In addition there's a trunk sewer requirement costing over 100 million - and these are low estimates.

If we took the dead end aerotropolis off the table, we could afford to kick in a good chunk for the velodrome and LRT - and fix some roads and maybe build a bike network that isn't a load of garbage.

Who owns the land up there? Who is lobbying for the aerotropolis? Why is the city fighting the province to get permission to build what we don't need while at the same time refusing to ask the province for money to build what we do need?

And why aren't our local news outlets asking these questions?

Comment edited by seancb on 2011-10-12 20:39:36

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