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Re: “Two decades of world-class delusion

Pigeon says in his comment, "I believe [the convention centre] will be much better than what was there before (i.e., nothing)."

Well I can't disagree that something is usually better than nothing however I don't think that, "it's better than nothing" is a strong enough argument to support spending tens of millions of taxpayer dollars on something. Also I'd like to point out to pigeon that in my earlier comment I wasn't trying to say that west is better than east or anything silly like that. It's just that prior to moving to Halifax I had never lived any place where city leaders seemed quite so pre-occupied with mega-projects as they are in Halifax.

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Posted by ryek on 07/12/2013 at 7:27 PM

Re: “Two decades of world-class delusion

It was one of the first things that struck me when I moved to Halifax from "out west" (away) back in 2008: the bizarre eagerness of the city's business community and municipal leaders to waste buckets of tax-payer money on the construction of huge, purposeless buildings. I could only guess that the goal of these proposed mega-projects was to make community leaders feel like a "big deal." The only other explanation being that some of these leaders are actually deluded enough to believe that one big-ass building can somehow transform our city. It is as clear to me now as it was then that the leaders of this city have lost sight of the fundamentals of building a happier, more prosperous city (assuming they ever grasped these fundamentals). Improving transit, increasing public access to important services, supporting LOCAL business and entrepreneurship, keeping the city clean and green, supporting a thriving arts community - this is how you make a community more attractive. The basics. Dumping millions of taxpayer dollars on enormous buildings and subsidies to foreign corporations are shortcuts that lead nowhere.

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Posted by ryek on 07/11/2013 at 6:37 PM

Re: “Men are behaving like assholes, and I’m sick of it

Really?? You met a few rude, drunk guys outside of a pub and this encounter compelled you to write an essay about how men in general are "behaving badly." Okay, this should come as no surprise but some men are nice, some are assholes, and most fall somewhere in between. The exact same thing goes for women. Large numbers of the asshole variety of both men and women are always to be found at pubs and other drinking establishments. A good rule to go by in life is that if you spend less time at bars and more time enjoying healthy activities then you will meet more nice men and women and less assholes.

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Posted by ryek on 06/13/2013 at 6:21 PM

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