Good article in the Free Press today on energy prices pushing downtown redevelopment. If the savings gained by “living on the edge” and mooching off the city while not paying your fair share for the roads and other services you use are eroded by gas prices, this can only be a good thing for the city of Winnipeg.
From Christopher Leo:
It’s a safe bet that most of the residents of Oak Bluff travel regularly up and down that nice stretch of highway, thoughtfully provided by Winnipeg taxpayers to make it easier for them to enjoy Winnipeg services while evading Winnipeg taxes. Similar situations prevail on all sides of the city, and in all directions access is being improved to municipalities with highly competitive cost structures, hungering to compete with Winnipeg for new development. Each time they succeed in attracting a development that might otherwise have been located in the city, Winnipeg becomes a little bit poorer.
In short, the city’s expenses are already out of control, and our decision-makers are bending every effort to drive them still farther out of control. How will we bring the cost of infrastructure development under control? Ask the decision-makers in City Hall, and they will tell you that the solution is public-private partnerships.
If the city finally gets around to not funding these ‘burbs and charges the non-residents a fair price, then combined with the increasing cost of (and possible peak-oil impossibility of) maintaining these “communities”, these sub- and ex-urbs are dead.
Moving to my neighbourhood, using cycling and public transportation….soon I will be mainstream!