Comment 88519

By movedtohamilton (registered) | Posted May 09, 2013 at 10:53:33

Hard to avoid hyperbole. "The City" is at war with with its own residents...those residents that want the deployment of simple effective solutions to obvious problems. At the extreme end, The City's message is "everything would be fine if it wasn't for the fact that people live here".

The City has fine-tuned a pacification programme, and it's a well-oiled machine: endless phony consultations with neighbourhoods; meaningless Mission Statements that fly in the face of reality on the ground; endless "studies" that drag on so long that their original purpose is lost; 24/7 passive-agressive behaviour guaranteed to grind down any sharp-edged ideas and momentum; fake "partnerships" with earnest groups of residents with various causes which ultimately have little real impactful results.

Even when The City does something, it's a screw-up. HWDSB's Scott Park fiasco comes to mind.

Dare step up and do something visible? (painted crosswalks; traffic cones) The City will threaten you with the police and paint you as The Enemy.

The City will out-bureaucratize and out-process the residents any day of the week.

What is to be done? Election 2014 is a potential focal-point.

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