Think­ing long term

Winnipeg Free Press - - YOUR SAY -

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.



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