By Ryan McGreal
Published August 21, 2006
CFMU reporter Maggie Hughes (host of The Other Side) has posted an article on Hamilton Indymedia investigating the Multi-Area Developments (Aldo DeSantis) subdivision Summit Park at Rymal Road and Fletcher's Road.
Summit Park is yesterday's urban form, tomorrow, fed by the Red Hill Expressway and representing sprawl in its worst form: extreme segregation of uses and even house sizes (heaven forfend that your $259,000 house might fetch up next to my $279,000 house). It runs exactly counter to the GRIDS nine goals, but we've learned that in day-to-day planning, the GRIDS directions are more what you'd call guidelines than actual rules.The city just gave developers a carte blanche for at least the next two years in a recent EcDev meeting in which Councillors Bill Kelly and Terry Whitehead rolled over dead for the sprawl building industry. It was frankly embarrassing, even for Hamilton.