Comment 37940

By TD (registered) | Posted February 10, 2010 at 10:51:41

"Bob Bratina shouldn't be the only Downtown Alderman looking over his shoulder at the crowd closing in, what about aldermen Brian McHattie and Bernie Morelli, they are the "three stooges" of downtown renewal?"

I think it's absurd to hold a handful of councillors responsible for urban renewal in a city of hundreds of thousands. Of course they and the city have a big role to play, but the state of the downtown is primarily the responsibility of its inhabitants and business and property owners. Even if bylaws are enforced, the fate of these buildings is ultimately in the hands of the people who own them. The power of the city is (rightfully, in my opinion) more limited than you think.

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