City’s projects seems to ig­nore needs of the poor

The Sudbury Star - - OPINION -

Re: “Pro­posed Sud­bury projects need lo­ca­tions,” Sept. 12.

It oc­curs to me that the pri­mary con­sid­er­a­tion or cri­te­ria for any and all pub­lic projects and in­vest­ments of this na­ture in­clud­ing, but not lim­ited, to the plan­ning and ex­e­cu­tion process, which in­cludes lo­ca­tion and con­sul­tant se­lec­tion, should be that all ac­tiv­i­ties and funds ben­e­fit and ad­dress the needs of the great­est num­ber of cit­i­zens of this city. I have two ques­tions: 1. What cit­i­zen needs do th­ese two projects ad­dress?

2. How many cit­i­zens, by in­come bracket, will they ben­e­fit?

The point is this: the big­gest sin­gle and mostly “hid­den” prob­lem in our com­mu­nity to­day is in­come dis­par­ity. Will th­ese projects be done in a way to ef­fec­tively ad­dress that prob­lem or will our demo­crat­i­cally elected coun­cil, and the staff that serve them, con­tinue to ben­e­fit and cater to the whims and the wishes of the hand­ful of priv­i­leged peo­ple who com­mand their at­ten­tion?

As a spe­cific ex­am­ple, hir­ing CBRE, an elite global real es­tate con­sor­tium, as the con­sul­tant to do the site se­lec­tion, will do lit­tle to help iden­tify, fund, de­velop and sup­port lo­cal tal­ent, in­clud­ing re­cent grad­u­ates of our school of ar­chi­tec­ture.

Kevin Kil­bey Sud­bury

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