Tuesday, August 2, 2005

The workers? In London, we say let them walk.

Better yet, strongly encourage them to take the bus so that there are more spaces available for the shoppers and JLC customers. Too bad there won't be anywhere to shop soon because all the landlords moved out.

If the City of London didn't have so much money tied up with the Liberal Party, it might prove profitable to petition the CPC who propose to offer a cash incentive to the workers in the form of a tax credit for taking the bus and it will be good for the environment too you see. That many taxpayers would likely end up paying more than they currently do for a service they do not use is a mute point when it comes to rewarding herding appropriate behaviour.

This is how the city and already established businesses seemingly justify the hiring of a consultant, rather than permit private developers to build needed parking spaces downtown:

If you're shopping or playing in downtown London, there's no shortage of parking.

But if you're one of the thousands of 9-to-5 office workers -- or you're looking to set up a new office in an old building -- parking is at a premium, say parking industry officials and the manager of Main Street London, an organization overseeing the revitalization of downtown.

"If you want to walk a few blocks to work, there's lots of parking," said George Kiousis, general manager for both Canada Wide Parking and Central Systems Auto Parks Inc.

"But if you want parking next door, no, there isn't (much)."
But what of all the vacant space? Is London collapsing faster than you people anticipated?
The problem is mostly in the blocks bounded by Richmond Street to the west, Dufferin Avenue to the north, Waterloo Street to the east and Dundas Street to the south.

With 26 per cent of the core's 5.2 million square feet of office and retail space vacant, that makes parking a key issue in the core's revitalization, Deputy Mayor Tom Gosnell has said.

That's why the city this week will call for proposals from consultants to examine the issue, with a report expected in October.

The consultant will determine the need and try to identify potential locations for a garage with 500 to 1,000 spaces.

As well, the consultant will prepare a business case that takes into consideration the cost of construction, revenue and potential tax revenue because vacant office buildings pay less in property taxes.
Remember, this consultant will be paid approximately $30,000 to examine asphalt. My advice is to bypass London altogether. It's not worth the bother and the potholes will destroy the alignment on your polluting vehicles besides. The streets are suited to public conveyances only.

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