Comment 67299

By Undustrial (registered) - website | Posted August 03, 2011 at 11:42:01 in reply to Comment 67276

I really can't overstate how much I enjoy your insights.

For me, it's not about any particular policy. Sure, I'd like to see light rail, walkable streets and A Smith's proposed RTH Innovation Centre at 100 Main, but none of those are the point. Popular engagement is. I'd much rather see a functioning democracy in this town vote down light rail than the current old-boy autocracy push it through. Better yet, I'd like to see LRT built with public input.

Public engagement and dialogue isn't easy, but it's hardest and most shrill when people feel they're being excluded. We shouldn't be the least bit surprised that people don't trust the City to implement LRT. Given our town's history of boondoggle megaprojects, can you blame them? Building trust takes time, and it won't happen overnight.

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