Monday, July 04, 2005

I guess someone had to say it.

Like the grandmother you remember so fondly until the excrement stories at family christmas, our ordained first lady of Albany Street had a few words of wisdom for the good folks over at 100 Queen last month.

"When am I ever going to have this kind of opportunity again to tell you how terrible the planning department is in Toronto," Jacobs said. "It is terrible, very terrible. It caters to developers, even meeting with them privately ahead of time to find out what they want and smooth the waters for them. The community is always at a disadvantage and accused of NIMBYism if they speak out against development. It might as well be called the North York planning department because nothing really has changed."

Ah Jane, you had me at Hello.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Capitalist Thug said...

Bah, Jane Jane Jane.... always so forceful in shoving your opinions down our throats until we choke on them....Maybe stop spewing before all any planning professor can do is regurgitate your view of the world...lord knows thats all some of them could do when i was getting my degree.

Sometimes telling the people how it will be is a necessary evil. How else do you ever expect to get any intensification in this City along the Avenues and Corridors when every time a legitimate proposal is made, the residents start kicking and screaming that the City is in Bed with the Developers.

Like it or not, sometimes you get to talk to the City informally about proposals, in fact, its good form to do so to allow any truly objectionble issuses to be addressed before a formal application gets the residents anger up!!!

Bah, back to the real world of work now.

CT

12:47 PM  
Anonymous Can a monkey get a paper-cut? said...

I don't see what the big deal is, even if the CIty is in bed with the developers... isn't there an appeal board or something you guys can go to? The OMB or something? There are always stories in the paper about people taking stuff there.... Maybe they should hire Jane as an advisor?

9:55 AM  

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