Comment 76901

By Fred Street (anonymous) | Posted May 15, 2012 at 03:56:26

I think this will be an interesting experiment, though its greatest benefit will likely be to suburban voting muscle.

After the first decade of amalgamation, the population of Wards 1-5 had dropped by around 6,000 residents to make up around 35% of the city's total population.

By contrast, Wards 6-10 grew by almost 9,000 residents during the same period, and now represent almost 39% of the city's total population.

The two most populous mountain wards have a population as large as or larger than the three most populous lower city wards, and recent housing trends offer no indication that things will change significantly.

Except maybe in Wards 11-15, which added almost 30,000 residents between 2001 and 2011.

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