I’ve recently posted a link to a Globe and Mail story about positive trends in urban development at the City of Mississauga:
Anecdotes shared by fellow walkers, on Jane’s Walk at Mississauga-Toronto border
The urban trends, that I refer to, are things that I first began to think about some years ago, in May 2014, on the occasion of a Jane’s Walk at the Toronto-Mississauga border:
Some previous items, that I’ve been pleased to post at the Preserved Stories website, include:
Urban planning: Mississauga and Toronto
As a rule, as a blogger I’ve stayed away from generalizations, regarding comparisons between cities. However, it has occurred to me that it would be useful to articulate my thoughts, regarding the distinct urban planning cultures that appear to be at play, in Mississauga as compared to Toronto. Such generalizations are subject to error; I look forward to learning of contrary views, that would persuade me to modify my perspective, regarding some key differences between the two cities.
Comments from Long Branch Development Facebook Page
I’ve shared the following comments at the Long Branch Development Facebook Page, and am pleased to share the comments as a separate Preserved Stories post as well:
I draw inspiration from the fact that, because I live close to the Mississauga-Toronto border, I have the opportunity to compare how development patterns are evolving in the two communities (Mississauga and Toronto).
As a blogger, I have been writing about development patterns in both cities for several years, reporting on urban planning and public consultation events in each of them. The positive trends that I see in Mississauga make the city a source of inspiration for places around the world, with the exception perhaps of Toronto, which tends to be blinded by arrogance about where to look for inspiration.
I sometimes ponder what historical trends, dating back many years, have given rise to such divergent paths, of the two cities.
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To my previous comment (above) I can add that the divergence, that I describe, is particularly evident with regard to public consultations and the concept of civic engagement. In official communications, both cities peak of the value of civic engagement. The difference arises, however, when we look at the match between the rhetoric and the reality.
In Mississauga, from what I have closely observed, as a blogger focusing on accuracy and balance in my reporting, the match between the rhetoric and the reality tends to be very close, with the exception, perhaps, of its Police Service. My sense is that Police Services in Toronto and Mississauga are very similar, and demonstrate the same problems, in particular with regard to the distinction between rhetoric and reality, with regard to providing fair and equitable service to all members of the community.
In Toronto, with regard to the public consultation process, the contrast between rhetoric and reality is stark; in practice, the views of residents tend to be disregarded and the residents who speak out, for example at Committee of Adjustment meetings, are routinely denigrated and insulted. I look forward to seeing whether any of the problems, that are evident as long-term trends in Toronto, can be addressed at the Provincial level. A recent post outlining the trends in this area is entitled:
A previous post regarding Police Services is entitled:
I can add the following comment, from a previous post regarding differences between Mississauga and Toronto:
The City of Mississauga has a clearly defined Strategic Plan that is – amazing as this may sound – actually developed with broad input from Mississauga residents, and from what I can see (as a blogger, I make a point of observing such things as closely as I can), the Strategic Plan is actually in the process of being implemented.
As well, the governance and communications structures at the City of Mississauga appear to me to be of the highest quality. In fact, it has been the quality of the communications related to the Lakeview Waterfront Connection Project, the Small Arms Building re-purposing project, the TRCA/Sawmill Sid ash tree repurposing project, Inspiration Lakeview, and similar projects that originally alerted me to the great projects, with a great deal of citizen input, going on right now at the City of Mississauga.
I’ve discussed these topics further, in a post entitled:
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.”