Wake up, Wind­sor, look to Detroit

Windsor Star - - OPINION -

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

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