City of Mississauga demonstrates a great sense of scale in decision making
A Jan. 1, 2017 Toronto Star article is entitled: “19 years ago, Toronto’s six boroughs amalgamated: 19 years ago today, Toronto’s surrounding communities amalgamated in one of the most controversial moves in Toronto’s municipal government history.”
A Jan. 3, 2017 Toronto Star article is entitled: In 2017, Mississauga will have to decide how it grows up: Mississauga’s recent booming growth will continue, but will growth be sustainable and will it be what residents want?”
A March 29, 2017 City of Mississauga news release is entitled: “City of Mississauga Wins Municipality of the Year Award.”
A May 20, 2017 CBC article entitled: “Google plans to ‘fix’ Toronto by building smart city: Underdeveloped waterfront ideal location to start building smart city/”
Three previous posts in this series are:
Mississauga’s approach to civic engagement stands in stark contrast to the track record for Toronto
Land sale brings Mississauga closer to a waterfront that avoids Toronto’s mistakes – Dec. 22, 2016 Globe and Mail
Culture of COA and OMB decision-making has changed dramatically in 25 years: MPP Peter Milczyn
Sense of scale
My sense, from what I have picked up, as a Toronto resident active in volunteer work in Mississauga over the past several years, is that the political and governance leaders in Mississauga know each other well, and work together well.
Perhaps (I say perhaps, because I don’t know; I don’t know enough to say with any certainty) part of the reason for this is the scale of the City of Mississauga. It’s a big city, but not too big.
Mississauga works well – from what I have seen as a person living on the borderland between Mississauga and Toronto, and as a person active in social media – because it has a good strategic plan, has first-rate communications strategies, and has a high quality of community engagement.
These factors tie in well with a sense of scale, and a unity of purpose.
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