Originally Posted by Spocket
I've got a love/hate relationship with her but one thing that is probable is that if she's ever elected to the big chair , you can kiss any high-rise projects goodbye . On the other hand , you'd finally get rapid transit rammed through .
Like I said ... love/hate .
That isn't true at all. She is just very subjective to what the project is for, and she is very community orientated. She is very much for high rise projects downtown. She will however listen to what the community says in regards to suburban high rises. If the community doesn't want it, she will listen to them rather than shoving it down their throats.
The only problem with this method of counselling is that many outer neighbourhoods are filled with selfish NIMBY's and they will say no to any major development whether good or not. Therefore a line must be drawn between what is beneficial to the city, and what a vocal minority want.
For example a very vocal minority is against the Fort Rouge project, and even though I am very frustrated with the current contractor and his legal issues/history, the project overall is one of the most beneficial infill projects that Winnipeg has ever had. Yet NIMBY's don't like that we are turning into a big city, and would prefer our sprawling single family developments over medium to high density, multi family infill developments.