Last night was very warm and exhaustingly muggy, and yet crowds of local Grandview folks showed up at the latest Our Community, Our Plan meeting. The main purpose of last night’s gathering was to start organizing community activists in each of the seven sub-areas into which Planning has broken down our neighbourhood.
As I have written before, it seems perfectly possible that while the much-vaunted Citizens’ Assembly will be encouraged to compose a “hearts and flowers” statement about the future of Grandview-Woodland, the potentially destructive planning workshops for each of the sub-areas will be taking place in another venue. It is vital, therefore, that residents pull themselves together into area groups and prepare their own ideas for what needs to be retained, what, if any, additional density and form would be acceptable, what further amenities are required.
That’s what we did last night; and I am honoured to be part of such an intelligent, articulate, and committed group. Bring it on, Planners!