Originally Posted by someone123
Spending on lavish recreational facilities seems to be the city's top priority lately. The city's main streets meanwhile are clogged and its most important commercial streets have ancient, crumbling sidewalks. Quinpool Road has those plastic bins that probably came from the Zellers closing out sale.
I think it's safe to say that HRM priorities are pretty messed up. As Keith P. says, it's not even very clear why the city needs to be building and subsidizing arenas.
HRM has a Community Facilities Master Plan. The CFMP doesn't say "everything should be four pads" it says Bedford needs a 4 pad.
HRM also keeps talking about the Community Access Plan which is actually Nustadia's plan to operate the BMO 4 pad, not a plan for 4 pads in HRM at all. In fact, it says "this document belongs to Nustadia" all over it.
There is no policy driving arena replacement rather than renewal, or 4 pads. There are lots of other options.
CFMP calls for a Category 1 community centre for every 11,000 people. You know, like Devonshire without the pool? Is there a plan for that? Nope. Doing the sexy 90-100 million arenas first, ignore the community programming needs.
These priorities are wrong.