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A city dilemma: To destroy (or not…

Vince-Carter

Beware of those "emboldened citizen advocates.” The god damned public thinks the government works FOR them. The Western Waterfront Trail started out as a mixed use plan decades ago. A little bit of trail was built, and the city moved on to its next shiny object. The railroad volunteers, on the other hand, restored the badly decayed rail bed, cleared brush, and continued maintaining the line -- which serves as a de facto trail. Don't believe for a minute that the city planners aren't looking at the whole rail line. By taking away the part of the ride where riders can see an eagle swoop down and take a fish, or a heron lumber to take flight -- to feel the breeze on their face and see the river open wide. The city has failed to develop this for decades, and there's no evidence they've got a plan to maintain the trail and the parks after they stop picking the steel company's pocket. (Really, doesn't it feel a little sleazy to be demanding they build parks and trails well away from their area of impact?)

The corridor should remain in the hands of the volunteers who restored and maintain it. The city should stick with its strengths, adding more parking meters and expensive decorative manhole covers.

A city dilemma: To destroy (or not…

Vince-Carter

Destroying the causeway is dumb and reckless. The environment risk outweighs any advantage. And let's face it -- the only advantage is that it gives the city a way to screw those volunteers that the volunteers cannot counter.

I struggle to understand how the city thinks converting Slag Point -- literally built from steel plant slag -- into a park is environmentally sound, but has said the causeway is an environmental affront. Unless they are liars.