|Nenshi's description of these cookie-cutter neighbourhoods brought to|
mind the repeating scene from Tim Burton's "Edward Scissorhands"with
its pastel uniform houses and green, oh so green lawns.
...If a neighbourhood is made up entirely of young families, for example, we are always struggling to keep up with rec facilities and programs for kids. The province rushes in to build schools. Within a relatively short period of time (measured in years and not decades), the kids all grow up, the schools are empty, and we struggle to build facilities in the next neighbourhood out.
We can’t keep on like this.
We need to encourage people at different lifecycles to live in all neighbourhoods—to keep schools open and hockey rinks and buses full and to ensure that seniors can stay in their homes as long as possible.
We can't keep on like this. Mayor Nenshi is right.