Saturday, January 06, 2007

Aboriginal title/Canada? Greenfield/Brownfield?

Marie and the whiners playing worn out tunes of yesteryear ...
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Last year I wondered how I would spend my time in retirement, what cause, what did I WANT to do to 'help'.

The human environment is always a concern. I live in desecrated downtown Hamilton. I love the old areas, the history, the beauty, the hands that have touched the railing. An old building saved from destruction and renewed is a jewel to me!

A big box or big (deadspace) office building replacing an old shopping or residential neighbourhood is Evil or Very Mad Evil or Very Mad Evil or Very Mad

A suburb spraaaaawling all over a former farmer's field, no sidewalks, no trees, no store to walk to for a quart of milk, gotta get in the car and spew some fumes... get a quart of milk ... spew ALOT of fumes ... get to work ... spew some more fumes ... go visit a friend ... my idea of hell! (Mount Hope .... oh GROSS!!!) DEVELOPERS YOU ARE ON MY sh** LIST!

An ugly old industrial site is ... beautiful potential for a cozy new neighbourhood!! clean, green, already on the bus line, sewer line, bicycle friendly, pedestrian friendly, CHILD friendly, people friendly ... etc. etc. ... compact means more green areas left ... you get my drift.

As I was pondering this, Janie and Hazel and a few others took a short walk onto the DCE and changed my year and maybe my life. Wink Maybe all of our lives. Maybe changed the whole country.

Oh ya, did I mention, aboriginal rights ... always a lurking concern of mine too. "Uphold the honour of the Crown" and all that ... PollyannaCanada ... tell the truth ... acknowledge the horrors ... the ripoffs ... DO THE RIGHT THING fercrissakes!

So I am talking to Janie and it's slowly dawning on me ...

IT'S THE SAME CONCERN !!
Destruction of the greenfields, commuter sprawl ...

This truly is a winning team ... a win-win team, in my books.

OH, AND MAYOR MARIE and the Whiners DIATRIBE ABOUT HOW SIX NATIONS IS SHUTTING DOWN DEVELOPMENT IN THE HALDIMAND TRACT ??

That's not a problem! HURRAH!! That's a HUGE VICTORY!!

Mayor Marie and greenfield developers who like the easy money?
You have met your nemesis.
It is the end.
It is over.

It is just NOT the way of the future. Just SOOOOOO 80's ... passe ... lights out ... that's all she wrote ... greenfields are off the development plate ... boundaries are expanding NOWHERE!!

GET WITH THE 21st CENTURY PROGRAM !!

Now stop the whinging and start learning about brownfield and infill development. And start thinking about human development, about why people want to live in Caledonia in the first place. I don't think it's because of sprawl and big box stores.

It is because of that lovely small town downtown.
Focus on filling that with residents and shoppers!

Oh and btw ... Those of us who live in the city are friggen tired of subsidizing the HUGE costs of infrastructure on the greenfields. Who the frig needs 50 miles of pipe and tubes to serve 10 houses?? yeesh!! Tighten it up, put it on a bus line, and share the greenspace that creates.
This is not rocket science.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

the correct link is http://www.hamiltonspectator.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=hamilton/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1167864610994&call_pageid=1020420665036&col=1014656511815

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