According to the Winnipeg Free Press, smart, hard-working Winnipeg City Councillor Janice Lukes
estimated there are over 200 shrubbery beds in the Bridgwater neighbourhoods that the city isn’t maintaining. Grass mowing of open fields has also suffered…
It’s not just an issue restricted to the Bridgwater area, she said… “It’s happening in Amber Trails, in Sage Creek. If we don’t change the way we’re doing things, we’re going to have a much bigger problems than the bushes in Waverley West.”
But then Ms. Lukes misses the mark:
This issue is not part of the “who pays for growth” debate, she said… “People are paying for this and I don’t know where the money has gone.”
The problem is that Winnipeg taxpayers aren’t paying for growth. Successive city councils agree to proposals for new subdivisions without properly considering the real costs. For a fuller account of the problems Winnipeg faces, and a discussion of solutions, click here and here.