Comment 86398

By jason (registered) | Posted February 16, 2013 at 10:21:21 in reply to Comment 86385

'complain'? Wanting my city to invest in things that will actually move us into a competitive 21st century is now considered complaining??

Let's use two of my favourite cities as an example: Portland and Vancouver.

Vancouver has a pro football team and a downtown casino and is constantly ranked one of the top cities in the world to live in. http://www.houstontomorrow.org/images/up...

Portland has no pro football team and no casino and is constantly ranked as a top livable city with a booming downtown core and urban/inner city neighbourhoods. http://tucsonvelo.com/wp-content/uploads...

Why? Because both have focused intently on the things that matter in developing a successful urban economy. We always spend crazy amounts of energy on the things that don't matter, while allowing the status quo of unsafe streets, 'retail' districts that are completely hostile to retail and a dangerous lower city for children to be raised in to continue.

Let's get our city working right, and then worry about extras.
Like the expert pointed out in the video I posted above from Vancouver - 'we design our streets and neighbourhoods to be safe for kids....if they're safe for kids, they're safe for everyone else'. Here we design our urban neighbourhoods for trucks and speeding cars. And the difference in quality of life and of the local/urban economy shows it.

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