I am so goddamned tired of hearing about the Urban League Of London as constantly reported on by the London Free Press. Why does the Free Press cite these people so often? And let us not forget Gloria McGinn-McTeer, who was the former chairperson of this apparent non-profit organization; she seems to be a pet favorite of the Free Press.
This time we hear about this group of lobbyists in connection with the Ridout development dispute.
In a letter to planning committee chair Coun. Joni Baechler, league president George Sinclair said the buildings form an "attractive and historical city block."
"It is working at cross-purposes to encourage people to live downtown and, at the same time, tell those who are already living there that they must leave," Sinclair wrote. "Surely London can encourage new development and also preserve our historically significant housing stock."
The letter was sent in support of the London Advisory Committee on Heritage (LACH), which wants the three buildings at 500, 496-494 and 492 Ridout, designated as historically significant.
At a recent planning committee meeting, LACH asked to be included in any discussions between the city and the developer on the properties' future.
All this fuss, and the area in question is only a Heritage 2 designation!
What business do these people have butting into development affairs at all? Apparently there are plenty of people who would be interested in living in such a development, otherwise Auburn developments wouldn't bother spending the money.
Why must developers ask permission from the city to build in the first place? Such stupid laws lead to further court battles, like the one over Hyde Park expansion. And it also leads to stupid comments.......
Ward 5 councillor Sandy White voted against approving the proposals from First North London and Stanton Brothers.
“I’m not opposed to development, I want to be clear about that,” said White.
But the councillor said she is concerned about urban sprawl, and wants to make sure small business owners are protected.
“People say let the market dictate, but I’m not one to go with that,” she said. “The market goes in cycles and if we push it too far we reap what we sow.”