Let's give Unicity another go

Dec 4, 2013 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: The Winnipeg Free Press

Take a drive around the outskirts of the City of Winnipeg right now and the need for an expanded Unicity may just smack you in face.

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1 - 12 of 12 Comments Last updated Dec 8, 2013
Onthemove

Winnipeg, Canada

#1 Dec 4, 2013
Its a bad idea. Why would anyone want to pay taxes to a City that is run by incompetents who have no problem burning cash as fast as they can.
Lone Wolf

Winnipeg, Canada

#2 Dec 4, 2013
While Winnipeg's relative decline started 100 years ago, its terminal decline started precisely when Unicity was implemented. I totally disagree with Bartley here. We should reverse Unicity. The megacity has ignored the interests of the central city to the detriment of the entire Winnipeg region. Cities like Vancouver and Minneapolis are thriving because the central city can develop density without having to pander to suburban voters, who face it, are really only concerned about being able to shave 2 minutes off their drive to the Tim Horton's drive through.

With the suburban wards having 10 of the 15 council seats, Winnipeg has developed in the interests of the suburbs. This means a need for an ever expanding road network, sprawl and terrible aesthetics coupled with poor public transit and crumbling infrastructure in the inner city. Expanding Winnipeg would only make things worse.
Onthemove

Winnipeg, Canada

#3 Dec 4, 2013
the big problem with the UniCity White paper was that there was no funding mechanism. As you see, after more than 40 years, we still have to beg the province for some of our cash back.

This in my opinion leads to higher taxes since you need to get the money somewhere while the province is busily using the money already collected funding things that don't help the City at all.

Time to stop all this suburb-urbanist arguing. neither is right or wrong. The real issue is we dont' get enough money back for what we put in.

Impossible to have a spending plan if you don't have a secured no strings attached amount each and every year.
Onthemove

Winnipeg, Canada

#4 Dec 4, 2013
Lone Wolf wrote:
While Winnipeg's relative decline started 100 years ago, its terminal decline started precisely when Unicity was implemented. I totally disagree with Bartley here. We should reverse Unicity. The megacity has ignored the interests of the central city to the detriment of the entire Winnipeg region. Cities like Vancouver and Minneapolis are thriving because the central city can develop density without having to pander to suburban voters, who face it, are really only concerned about being able to shave 2 minutes off their drive to the Tim Horton's drive through.
With the suburban wards having 10 of the 15 council seats, Winnipeg has developed in the interests of the suburbs. This means a need for an ever expanding road network, sprawl and terrible aesthetics coupled with poor public transit and crumbling infrastructure in the inner city. Expanding Winnipeg would only make things worse.
You are right. Bigger isn't necessarily better. nor does it lead to right decisions for the people who live in the area.
Jonn Two Shirts

Winnipeg, Canada

#5 Dec 4, 2013
ever since da whites came dis rez has sucked eh maybe if dey go bac ta europe it will be beter so letz help dem pac eh
sox

Sooke, Canada

#6 Dec 4, 2013
must suck being a buck. huh jonny 2 welfare checks.
Jonn Two Shirts

Winnipeg, Canada

#7 Dec 4, 2013
sox wrote:
must suck being a buck. huh jonny 2 welfare checks.
hey sox my buck chuck
Al Koholic

Canada

#8 Dec 4, 2013
The Unicity mall was torn down years ago, to late now.hic
Lone Wolf

Winnipeg, Canada

#9 Dec 7, 2013
Al Koholic wrote:
The Unicity mall was torn down years ago, to late now.hic
I wish people from Calgary the Beige would comment on their own forums. Not only are they horrible drivers, but they make stupid comments on the Winnipeg forum and ruin it for everyone else.
HELL HOLE

Winnipeg, Canada

#10 Dec 8, 2013
just what we need, a larger city we can't afford to maintain. Aren't the streets lovely year round?
Long Dong

Winnipeg, Canada

#11 Dec 8, 2013
Why hasn't the city plowed the residential streets? They are damn near impossible to drive on.Any other winter they would of been plowed. They raise taxes and cut services. The city is run by a bunch of clowns.
moe mellman

Winnipeg, Canada

#12 Dec 8, 2013
give thunder bay a try

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