Comment 102342

By kevlahan (registered) | Posted June 11, 2014 at 13:13:40 in reply to Comment 102339

Which staff were you thinking of who were championing the changes ten or twenty years ago? Who are these "Toronto types" (Duranders have been pushing at this for decades which might explain some impatience)?

The minor changes are working well but, just like the five-year moratorium in the North End, we should have to not have to wait 12 years or organize massive petitions and have a council vote just to get a pedestrian crossing (like they did in Kirkendall). The problem is that even minor changes require massive effort and persistence, sustained over many years. It shouldn't be this way, and it isn't this way in other places (or with road construction and maintenance, which happens as a matter of course).

I understand that staff don't like dealing with angry people, but decades of stonewalling, ignoring requests, and unimplemented studies tends to make residents a tad impatient and distrustful that staff actually wants to solve the problem (instead of declaring it an unsolvable non-problem).

And believe me, we tried the polite "wait for us to get back" approach for years with zero success.

Comment edited by kevlahan on 2014-06-11 13:15:47

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