Wednesday, November 30, 2005

London's Ryugyong

Asked if borrowing for the JLC and other projects had put the city into a hole, Coun. Fred Tranquilli, said: "There's no sense having good roads if you have nowhere to go."
Apparently traveling to work, the garage and the grocery store means you are headed nowhere.

When giant potholes prevent Londoners from reaching the designated worship zones such as the JLC by car, the planned multi-million dollar subway system will ease the burden. All foreigners will be accompanied by guides at all times, along the only maintained, multiple lane road in town.

Drivers already rattled by London's moonscape streets better brace themselves -- rougher roads are ahead.

London is falling farther and farther behind in the battle against potholes and snarled traffic, the city's staff warn.

A recent online survey of Ontario drivers placed two London roads -- Western Road and King Street -- among the worst 14 in the province.

Overall, London streets garnered more nominations than Hamilton, Windsor and Kitchener combined.

"I'm in a losing battle. We'll always be on Ontario's worst roads," city transportation director David Leckie told the city's environment and transportation committee yesterday.
Well, planned paradises cost money and taxpayers should stop complaining. It is not fiscally responsible to maintain the roads or the sewers when the reputation of the city is at stake! The JLC is more important than your car.
But the ability of council to do more is severely constrained, staff say, by a self-imposed $30-million cap on borrowing for capital projects.

That cap, in turn, was put in place to brake an explosive growth of debt that came after city council borrowed large sums from 1999 to 2003 for projects that included those to revitalize downtown.

One upshot is this: The city has been spending 61 per cent more to pay off debt on the John Labatt Centre than it has to maintain roads -- $4.5 million compared with $2.8 million.

1 Comment:

Warwick said...

Actually, Western Road (I drive down it every day to work downtown) isn't as bad as half the city's roads...

At one point in our nation's history, we knew that the government's job was justice, the military, and infrastructure. Not handouts and bad health car.