Contributor The Voter is an important part of what we do here at The Bulldog.
And we spend a lot of time encouraging debate on this news site so her comments questioning my position on moving the Central Experiment Farm are considered and valued.
So respectfully I disagree with her position on the farm. You can follow The Voter’s arguments by clicking on the aforementioned link.
Yes, comparing the farm to Central Park or Hyde Park is not appropriate. If for nothing else, much of the farm is fenced in and inaccessible to the public. It’s not a people place. In fact when I lived in Barrhaven many years ago, it reminded me of the Prairies where I had once lived … flat, featureless. No one is standing in line to visit the area between Regina and Winnipeg.
I don’t blame people with families for trying to find inexpensive housing so their children aren’t forced to live in condos. A backyard is a wonderful asset for a family.
Furthermore, the current residents didn’t gobble up the land on which their homes reside. That was approved by the city government and jumping the Greenbelt was a huge planning mistake for the city.
I’m sure The Voter realizes that an error has been made and it can’t be taken back. So we must deal with what is there. What is there is not good in some ways.
I don’t think the hospital is a desecration of the farm’s land. It is an extremely good alternate view.
To another point, yes the farm helps us breathe with its greenspace but the drive from Barrhaven to the core might negate that fact though a comparison of the two factors might be difficult.
The farm also means that city services must be extended across it without many of those services being used along the route. It’s not just pipes and power, but OC Transpo, policing, fire and ambulance. The farm makes the city difficult to cover.
I’ve suggested that some in the interest of intensification might want to put condos on the front lawn of the Hill but not very seriously. It was to illustrate my concern about extremification.
I believe Lansdowne was already paved when it was reconstructed. A crumbling parking lot is not paradise, nor is a treeless plain.
I’m not saying destroy the Experiment Farm. Use the money from its sale to construction a better farm that’s not in the middle of the city.
That said, I understand why people disagree. For many the farm is precious.
Unfortunately it’s not precious to me.
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