The publicness of public projects assumes that everyone is a stakeholder, but politics makes some stakeholders more equal than others. From the London Free Press:
If form follows function, what will "an attractive gateway to the village" reveal about the function of a police station? The answer, of course, is whatever we feel like it to be; politics is a competition for sentiment, and sentiment must usually be the guiding principle in public decision-making. But if attractiveness is the criterion in this case, have Singeris and Somann even looked around at the rest of the intersection of Dundas and Adelaide? It begs for demolition, if an attractive gateway is what's wanted. Typically, the "neighbours" are trying to get someone else to pay for something that they're not willing to do for themselves. If that fails, they could try painting some murals of windows on the walls, like the hideous unartistic depictions that grace some of the surrounding structures.
A proposed expansion of London's police station will be an eyesore unless city council spends more than $34 million it has already committed, residents and business owners say.
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Posted by MapMaster on Thursday, December 14, 2006