Comment 34106

By z jones (registered) | Posted September 24, 2009 at 23:40:34

@Borrelli, I appreciate what you're trying to say and I appreciate your civility and politeness, and I hope you won't be offended by what I'm about to write and I hope you read the whole thing and I hope you take it in the spirit in which I wrote it, but: you're being a monkey here.

You can go on about how TECHNICALLY it was done more or less properly (though 30% of the total weighting doesn't seem like "(potentially minor) issues" to me) and how it's not really any worse than other tendering processes and all that lawyerly stuff...

But the fact is, and you and I both know it, that the project stinks and almost no one thinks it's a good idea. Different people have different problems with it, some are more worried about using a Grand Old Building as subsidized housing, some are more worried about ghettoizing the core, some are more worried about a process that has a Bad Smell about it, some are even just anti-poor and prejudicial against "bums" and "lowlifes".

But people don't like it. Not one bit. And council knows it. And the province ought to know it too. That's the real point of this article. Maybe we're all being too clever by half about it, but that's the fact. It's a pig, and going on about how the process meets this and that professional standard is just smearing lipstick on the pig. (What is it with the animal metaphors?)

Anyway I hope you're not offended and that you take this for the respectful comment it really is even though it might not look that way.

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