Thinking long term
Re: Kenaston pitch deserves a rethink (April 3)
I could not agree more with Brent Bellamy’s column regarding widening Kenaston Boulevard. We have a chance here to show we are moving beyond the “car is king” mindset to doing something unique and forward thinking.
We can use that money to position Winnipeg as a place for the future. Widening roads provides only short-term gain. Let’s show we are better than that.
Winnipeg further, he ups the ante. As a resident of Fort Garry and one of many people who worked to protect the Parker Lands from development, I find Marquess’s assertion that he’s “been treated like crap by (city hall)” irksome. Without city hall’s approval, Marquess wouldn’t have acquired the Parker Lands in the first place.
While I understand that the city’s subsequent land expropriation and recent refusal to process his housing development application feels like dirty pool to Marquess, what exactly did he expect? Since the initial land swap in 2009 to now, the negotiations around the Parker Lands have been incompetent, unimaginative and shameful.
While Marquess is not wrong that city hall has behaved poorly, he misidentifies himself as the victim. Truly suffering from this fiasco are the plants and animals whose habitat has been destroyed; the countless people who cherished the Parker Lands and tried to save it; our climate, which relies on trees and wetlands to stay healthy; and citizens whose tax dollars are being wasted on an inefficient transit line.