Wake up, Windsor, look to Detroit
Windsor has this beautiful view of Detroit. We know the hardships that Detroit faced. We were disappointed when the corruption and poisonous leadership of disgraced mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was exposed.
Now, with proper leadership in place and a steadfast focus on progressive urban planning and sustainable practices, Detroit is headed in the right direction. It is rising from the ashes. We can all celebrate that.
Windsorites, are you happy with the way things are in our city? Are we flourishing the way we should be? Are we on the rise? If you can’t answer yes, then let’s look to the example Detroit has set for us. Let’s look at our leadership.
We have a mayor who seems only interested in legacy projects that cost taxpayers thousands and thousands of dollars, just so he can have something shiny to put his name on, but do nothing to actually improve the lives of his constituents.
We have city councillors who always vote in the best interests of wealthy developers and ignore the expert recommendations of urban planners on projects harmful to the environment. They blatantly ignore the will of the people, ignore the needs of our most vulnerable citizens and promote urban sprawl.
We do have some progressive councillors who try to push for sustainable projects and policies, but they are suspiciously always out-voted six to four.
So when I think about Detroit, I can’t help but think that Windsor’s problems can be solved. The solution is responsible leadership.
We have to find leaders willing to take Detroit’s lead and push Windsor in the same direction.
Wake up, Windsor, and pay attention. Be ready to get behind leaders who want Windsor to be progressive and sustainable.
Bronwen Wood, Windsor