Comment 76723

By ViennaCafe (registered) | Posted May 09, 2012 at 22:15:38

Today the Hamilton Spectator had two stories. One was on the the success of walkable neighbourhoods, and the other was on the closing of downtown schools. These two stories point to why there can be no successful strategy for urban renewal in Ontario cities--the left hand is working to undermine the right hand.

From a political strategy point of view, even if a council that supported the goals of human scale development had been elected, the school board would still be closing schools in the core while building suburban warehouses. So it becomes imperative that school board elections also be won. But by the time the next election rolls around, the schools in core neighbourhoods may be shuttered, the exodus of young families begun, and hopes for downtown renewal stunted.

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