RE: ‘Thinking ahead’ WFP 4.11.13 – B. Kives
An ‘international contest’ to design and plan the use of this Southwood land newly acquired by the U. of M. continues. Why is there not such a planning process in the City of Winnipeg?
With visionary planning the Parker Wet-lands could become a gem of city planning of national significance. There are huge opportunities to combine ‘development’ with preservation of wonderful green spaces to the benefit of the whole city.
Instead, with only the most specious pretence of public consultation, Winnipeg is being destroyed by secret land-swaps, back-room deals negotiated in EPC and …clearly… incompetence and corrupted objectives. The Parker Wetlands, the last such ‘green’ area anywhere near the centre of the city is presently under the threat of that same incompetence and misdirection at City Hall.
As Mayor Ford’s personal idiocy and indiscretions steal the focus of the media, far more serious crimes of incompetence and myopia, are destroying Winnipeg. Our city continues to be bartered for the profit of short-sighted ‘developer’ friends of the political leadership at both the City and Provincial levels.
Fortunately we have an excellent example at the U of M of how intelligent visionary administration acts. As odious as the comparison is for Winnipeg, it is also instructive of where change must occur!