Comment 84609

By Mahesh_P_Butani (registered) - website | Posted January 01, 2013 at 15:52:37 in reply to Comment 84602

And how did poor people come to live in the core?

Because we systematically destroyed all those "housing units that are desirable by people with money, with disposable income." by calling them dilapidated and quickly issuing demolition permits.

Instead of preserving them and fixing them to attract those with money who are no longer trilled with living in glass high-rise condos of large cities, with huge maintenance fees and zero social life—we in fact sold ourselves the unsustainable dream of soaring glass-towers.

And when the money to rebuild on what was smashed down, never showed up—as it most often does, we turned the lands into profitable parking lots.

Then our genius politicians & bureaucrats surrounded the resulting wasteland of parking lots with social services to serve the poor and addicted from across the province who were shipped here in bus loads—this was the only way or renewal gurus knew how to jump start our local economy.

So now, to bring your favorite high quality shops into the core and attract housing units that are desirable by people with money, you are suggesting we smash everything that remains standing in the core.

Fortunately, our planning department and local politicians are in total sync with your thinking, and we may very well see your dreams taking shape soon.

But now what are you going to do with all those poor people who have come to live in the core? Ship them back to where they came from?

Mahesh P. Butani

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