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Ned Jacobs: Citizens’ summits do not compensate for Vision’s abandoned promises

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This post is really just to let you know I have updated my recent post on Gregor Robertson’s “Greenest City” plan.

Ned Jacobs has written a trenchant opinion column for the Georgia Straight which draws the links between Vision and the people who pay Vision’s bills – the developers.

It has also been revealed that Vision is deeply indebted to developers, realtors, and others whose interests depend on municipal policies. Vision councillors insist that campaign contributions would never affect their decisions. The donors (whose gifts are not tax deductible) think otherwise. Some have even boasted about their influence on council, and Vision councillors now refer to the development industry as “our partners”. The Coalition of Progressive Electors does not accept contributions from developers

He also traces the recent decision making processes which seem to show that what Vision say  they want and what they actually do are some distance apart.

Written by Stephen Rees

October 28, 2009 at 2:51 pm

Posted in community, Urban Planning

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