Comment 34099

By Borrelli (registered) | Posted September 24, 2009 at 16:23:39

And sorry, one last thing: My partner tells me I'm being condescending, so apologies for that (she sees my furrowed brow when she reads my words), but I really truly do have a problem with the way this project is being criticized by people here. Ryan's piece above comes closest (in my opinion) to legitimately laying out the problems with the Connaught development, but I still think a lot of it is cherry-picking.

For example, how many people who have shared their opinion actually have experience with a government tendering process? You call this a flawed evaluation process, but that is based on (I think) pretty weak evidence that staff under-weighted a couple of (potentially minor) issues. Given my experience with tendering processes, this appears to be a non-issue, and as a friend of mine says:

"The tendering process is one of those sausage-making dealies, where if you want to enjoy the end product you shouldn't really watch it being made. That's not to say that it might not be flawed, but really the same process is used for dozens or hundreds of other municipal decisions..."

It seems to me (and him) that some of you are only picking it apart here because you don't like the thing that was approved. I would challenge you to pick over the approval process for any city projects that you HAVE liked (if you've liked any) and then honestly say if they think it should be scrapped on that basis.

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