Comment 83043

By jason (registered) | Posted November 20, 2012 at 10:05:39 in reply to Comment 83038

Yea, I'm generally not impressed by any praise of Mississauga's growth/development. Toronto's airport was handed to them and they happen to be next door to TO to receive their overflow growth. And they completely mismanaged it for 40 years. Hardly a model for anyone to follow. They are trying to intensify now because they've realized that all the land was developed too quickly, and at a very low density. All that infrastructure is going to come up for refurbishing all at once and their fiscal challenge will be huge. The one bright side it will always have is Toronto's airport and surrounding airport development. Unlike Hamilton which lost it's huge manufacturing base, and associated revenue, Miss should never face that unless Pearson goes out of business....and that's not happening. Having said that, it's nice to see them desiring a true urban core...which we already have. It's a shame we still don't value ours as much as we should at a planning/political level. Saturdays Spec had a map which showed property value increases in Hamilton, and if you saw it you would have noticed something - it was the reverse donut hole effect. For so many years, maps like that showed the downtown area as a hollow hole in the middle of a prospering city. Now the reverse is happening, yet city hall still seems fixated on sprawl and spending tons of money on unnecessary highway ramps in Waterdown, yet balking at every nickel that gets spent downtown. I'd love to hand Mississauga control of our downtown development for the next decade. We'd see more investment and passion than we're likely to ever see here for the rest of our lives.

Comment edited by jason on 2012-11-20 10:10:12

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