In my previous post, I compared this to the development at 890-900 Bank Street, and how the city steamrolled residents in order to approve zoning-busting development.
But we could also look at the re-design of Elgin Street. There was extensive consultation with the entire community (not just a petition signed by a lot of the people who live on one side of a street). The community wanted wider sidewalks and bike lanes. Instead, city council decided to create fancy flex-space for parking.
…So here we go again. The desires of certain residents are trampled by city planners and councillors, but the desires of others are supported, trampling the work of city planners.
Councillor George Darouze in Osgoode ward has been wasting taxpayers’ money on insignificant roadwork instead of repairing the roads utilized by most drivers.
A good example is his $900,000 road-straightening project off Stagecoach Road in Greely. When asked what problem this project was going to resolve his response was “lotsa accidents”.
A city report showed that in the past 11 years one, yes one, accident had occurred at the intersection he was fixing. One week after the project was completed an accident occurred and about a month-and-a-half later another followed. So why did he really approve the project? So he could boast about what he has done since being elected to represent ward 20 when he vies for re-election this fall. Nice try.
Time to fire Darouze and get someone who cares more about the residents of the ward than they do about their Facebook page.