Comment 61402

By highwater (registered) | Posted March 23, 2011 at 12:10:00 in reply to Comment 61398

All things being equal, of course, advocates tend to identify most strongly with their own neighbourhoods.

Nothing wrong with that. Think globally and act locally. Having the greatest stake in something tends to lend credibility to your arguments.

It’s a matter of whether a trucking route carves through Landsdale or Strathcona.

Not sure what you're implying here. Are you suggesting that Strathcona got preferential treatment because they're more affluent than Lansdale? The Strathcona community fought long and hard for this.

Now, I'm not naive enough to suggest that social and economic advantage doesn't affect a community's ability to organize and advocate for itself, but we need to keep some perspective here. Strathcona is only marginally more advantaged than Lansdale, and only because Strathcona has recently become a more desirable place to live for a various confluence of reasons.

The gradually improving fortunes in the east end will no doubt bring about similar social changes in Lansdale in time. If they ever succeed in removing truck routes from their neighbourhood, will we attribute it to the fact that they are more privileged than the Keith neighbourhood?

Let's not take away from the SCC's hard won victory by implying they had some sort of unfair advantage.

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