Citizens at City Hall (CATCH) report in their latest email update that sprawl is responsible for closing inner city schools.
In discussion around an application by Empire Communities (Binbrook) Ltd. to build 426 single-family houses, 190 townhouses and a commercial block on 73 acres in Binbrook, Ward 1 Councillor Brian McHattie spoke out:
On learning that five new schools are scheduled for the booming area, ward one councillor Brian McHattie asked, "which schools are going to be closed to allow those five to be built, and where are those, throughout the city, the west mountain or upper Stoney Creek?"
He referred to a presentation made recently to the west Hamilton school planning committee he chairs that directly linked school closures with the pressure on the school boards to fund construction of new schools in growth areas.
"It's just amazing to look at the planning that's occurred over the years with city council promoting urban sprawl, and moving ever southwards into the farmland," he declared. "At the same time, there's schools in the existing part of the city, and of course what we're seeing today is a lot of those schools being closed down."
Gee, it took us 30 years to figure this out?
Well, let's see: if you tax the heck out of the urban city and use that tax money to build roads and highways to new subdivisions in the boonies, what happens?
People move there, leave the urban city (why not? They get more property and a newer house for much less tax than the existing one thanks to you and me) and as far as I can tell, the children of these families usually move with the parents.
It isn't rocket science, councillors. It's called sprawl and it's been killing cities on our fine continent for decades. Perhaps a day trip to Detroit is in order for our council.
Unfortunately, Binbrook councillor Dave Mitchell (who else?) just doesn't seem to get it.
"It's development was designed around the fact the local people in the area, with the new laws, couldn't live in their home town that they were born and raised in without water and sewers. So this is the development of a town. It is not urban sprawl as I know it, because it is not the city growing fatter."
Mitchell's big complaint about the development? It's too dense. "Glanbrook council didn't design the new rules of intensification that we're going by, and I do not support all the intensification that's happening there as well."
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