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  • Moretownies
    October 03, 2010 - 18:31

    A unique visitor experience? Outside of downtown, St. John's is probably the ugliest city in Canada. Take a picture of Kenmount Road sometime and show it to someone. The newer parts of your city have horrendous traffic. Want to have a great province? Get rid of this culture where people whine about everything. People complain about George Street, but they want to provide great tourist experiences. It's akin to Austin wanting to get rid of 6th Ave. Newfoundland would be great if you kicked out all of the people who just complain about everything. It also wouldn't kill you guys to plant a few trees, so your city doesn't look so barren and ugly. Anywhere where people have moved in from "around the bays" as you call it is completely devoid of trees or plants. It's ugly.

  • Esron
    October 02, 2010 - 17:39

    @PoliticalWatcher: See, here's the thing... and it is mathematically proven...but not only that, but is common sense... But obviously, no one has that... Amalgamation, will NOT work... it will NEVER work [here], and therefore should be out of people's minds for the next 100 years! You cannot/will not maximize potential by expanding your land mass, with out adequately expanding your tax base with a minimum amount of people to maintain the services required at the proper level. Basically saying, the population has to be far more dense [per person...not mentally - already there] to make certain that the services for the new, expanded land mass can be paid for. If anything, St. John's should be split up [As they continue, unabated to expand with low low density subdivisions] in to the former communities that existed. As each "town" would have control over their tax rate, they can maximize potential by gearing their taxes to the density of the local population to maintain services, meaning all those nice new shiny homes in low density subdivisions would have high taxes, and those in higher density, downtown, would have lower taxes [more people per KM² to pay for services, in a smaller landmass] and would force the lower density areas to bulk up in order to survive. Mount Pearl is a perfect example of this: Boxed in on all sides has forced it to bulk up [as it can't go out] and as a result, affords residents with good services [clean sidewalks anyone?!] for a decent tax rate, and as a result, the city budget is balanced [Unlike St. John's who is sprawlier, and less dense... Despite the higher tax rates.] Stop being a "armchair" Political watcher, get an education, and actually study this issue, instead of being a Torontonian in attitude. P.S. ... It work soooooo well there too... [Side note, one of the CAPTCHAs I got had the word "Róna"... How, pray-tell can most anglo keyboards type that?! Mine can - it's custom built... but Joe Blows can't...]

  • Political Watcher
    September 30, 2010 - 07:21

    The Northeast Avalon will not realize its true potential until amalgamation is done. Mount Pearl is taking full advantage of their free ride off St. John's back. They aren't even serious in their efforts; just go over the past year of Council minutes and just look at where they travel too and what for; you will find items and conferences that will have no relevance on Mount Pearl of the Province, just a free holiday on the taxpayer. They have no major infrastructure responsibilities as St. John's handles all this on their behalf. There has been a mass exodus of senior staff over the past year which must speak to the leadership in the Town Hall; why leave now? If the Premier needs any one reason for amalgamation it is the Gushue Highway debacle; Simms and company are holding their reidents and the Avalon hostage by not contributing to the road. The media should request the traffic count study which was completed on Commonwealth and just look at the benefit to Mount Pearl onec the Gushue highway is completed; they will see a 75% reduction in traffic on this road; now I am no genious but with such a large reduction in traffic one would expect the maintenance costs to drop as well.