neeroc (neeroc) wrote,

Dear City of Ottawa,

Please get your heads out of your butts. You are being presented with a proposal, by a group of local, well-known businessmen, to take the decaying abomination that we call Lansdowne Park and turn the rotting carcass into a vibrant, beautiful, USABLE, and attractive space.

Yes, they are going to make money. They're businessmen. They aren't doing this out of the goodness of their hearts. But guess what? They aren't robbing the city, they are asking for a LEASE. They are going to rebuild the stadium (you know the one that's crumbling away, that no one can use, you remember, the one whose south side stands you had to demolish a couple of years ago), they are going to renovate Aberdeen Pavilion, build shopping, hotels, and residential spaces(note: all of these will bring you TAX DOLLARS!)

Let's take a look at what we have currently:

Yep, the 'park' is a vast expanse of crumbling concrete and virtually useless buildings. I'm sure it's lovely for the residents to have this vast expanse of unusable space near them, not drawing any crowds into their neighbourhoods, but guess what? They moved in beside a FOOTBALL STADIUM. You want quiet streets and quiet spaces that no one visits? Move to the suburbs.

Here is the (idealized of course) view from the developers:

I can see how this is a horrible thing. Sure I'm sad that I don't think they've made any accommodations for the only fully fenced dog park in the city in their plans, but I'll get over it and so will all the other husky owners.

What is your track record again? How would you not botch this up like the O-train? Oh that's right, you've - no wait WE'VE - had to pay out $37 million for the cancellation of that contract.

Or would you handle it like the Green Bins? You know the ones you introduced, got everyone on board for, then you decided to us a $68 user fee. Oh, while your at it, add a fee for the blue and black boxes and curbside pickup. Well that gives you another $200 on my tax bill before you're 'raising taxes'...which you're proposing is what 7.2% this year? Nice job. What happened to zero means zero? Oh, but to make it even better, you've set everything up to start collecting the green bins in January, but the plant to receive them isn't set up yet. So you have to ship the compostables elsewhere. Why would I want you anywhere near any other projects?

Could you be any more arrogant in your treatment of this proposal? These gentlemen are spending a considerable amount of time and money bringing a solution to the table, and you constantly attack them. Like you have something better planned. Why don't you go back to turning a $6.7 million dollar tender for stop-call technology into $17 million and a potential lawsuit? Savvy business people the lot of you.

So just sit down, shut up, stop pretending like you know what you're doing or that you have any of your constituents' interests in mind. Pass the motions when asked and let the nice men go about fixing the damn place up.


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