Comment 64613

By mystoneycreek (registered) - website | Posted June 06, 2011 at 06:24:21

In the case of the Pearl Street bridge, had city staff spoken with residents in the area, the disconnect between their plans and what residents actually wanted would have become apparent.

Undoubtedly.

But the real discussion would probably be about why 'what the residents actually wanted' and what City staff still felt mandated to put into effect.

Not to say that every neighbourhood, every community...even every city's population automatically 'gets what it wants', but the example cited here...as well as tons of others that I'm sure RTH readers could come up with...illustrate that there's an even greater disconnect going on. Not just with City staff, but with elected officials.

But they're not the only 'villains' here; we've been complicit in all this by the fact that we've ceded (abrogated?) power to 'those who govern us'. And until we acknowledge this flaw in the formula...and accept responsibility for changing it...then we're going to continue to get these awful goose eggs on our foreheads from where we're constantly hitting them against the 'wall'.

We need a new definition of the idea of 'governance', and everything the notion connotes.

Comment edited by mystoneycreek on 2011-06-06 06:26:14

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