Thursday, June 12, 2008

A gift from one looter to another

The public effort at Downtown Revitalization appeared to be even more farcical than usual yesterday, when City Council's Executive Policy Committee voted unanimously to give the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority a $552,000 grant--a reward for bothering to move to Main Street, to help pay their property taxes in the future.
(City helps pay for WRHA - WFP)

It seemed fitting enough. After all, one party takes to feed the host of growing agencies that exist precisely because downtown is unhealthy. The other takes to feed a growing bureaucracy that exists precisely because Winnipeggers themselves are (increasingly) unhealthy.

I wonder if B & M Land, the proprietor of the Yuki Sushi or any of the other true engines of revitalization receive such lavish tax grants. They are the ones who ultimately pay for these takers to reward eachother. They are the ones who create the money that the WRHA, Centre Venture, and the so-called "conservative" EPC feels they can milk from them, to throw around, decade after decade after decade, to show how much they care for Winnipeg's failed downtown.

It is no wonder that a growing number of business men and women are so disgusted by this that they are purposely making a point of avoiding downtown.

In addition to the half-million dollar grant, demolition costs for the WRHA project have been borne by the City of Winnipeg


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its a broken town. No rhyme or reason.

My wife and I are seriously considering a move rather then invest here.

5:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome, Comrade Galston, to Soviet Canuckistan. What did you do to get sent to Siberia? Here, let me give you a vodka voucher to ease the pain....

8:32 AM  
Blogger The Rise and Sprawl said...

I'll only accept a vodka voucher if it's from the Manitoba Liquor Control Comission, because I don't trust a socially irresponsible private liquor merchant to sell me vodka.

1:52 PM  

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