This Week At City Hall: More Taxis, More Evraz Buildings, More Schools, More Surprise Money

thisweekatcityhallRain-soaked bike ride. Ominous thunder. Wet pants. Must be city council.

Typhoon season has finally come to Regina but I live tweeted through the torrent. I may be damp but I still managed to assemble a whole Monday night’s worth of city hall news that you can click through…

Don’t like the slideshow? You can read the long form over here. And next month, if you want to follow a city council meeting in an onslaught of 140 character blurbs — as they happen — because WHY WOULDN’T YOU?? — I live tweet from @PDCityHall.

Author: Paul Dechene

Paul Dechene is 5'10'' tall and he was born in a place. He's not there now. He's sitting in front of his computer writing his bio for this blog. He has a song stuck in his head. It's "Girl From Ipanema", thanks for asking. You can follow Paul on Twitter at @pauldechene and get live updates during city council meetings and other city events at @PDcityhall.

5 thoughts on “This Week At City Hall: More Taxis, More Evraz Buildings, More Schools, More Surprise Money”

  1. Thanks for doing this Paul, really appreciate the effort. And…the slideshow is great.
    Our City is still in the mess it was when you left.

  2. Paul, thanks for doing this, very helpful on most of the issues from the Council meeting. Although the school site issue was totally unclear to me and I had to go to the Leader Post and read Natascia Lypny’s post to figure out what was going on. Maybe it was just me?

  3. Thanks for reading, everybody. And for the words of encouragement.

    Anonymouse: I hear you on the school issue being hard to follow in that Storify. When the school was being discussed at council, everybody speaking kinda assumes everybody listening knows the full backstory on the issue and so there’s a lot of short hand and referencing different project names and whatnot. And I was frantically trying to keep up with them while live tweeting. So yeah, the whole issue needed a summary just to get into it. A string of live tweets really didn’t capture what was going on. I am working on a piece for the next issue so there’s that. And Natascia Lypny and Emma Graney are writing great pieces for the L-P on this that’re absolutely worth reading. I don’t know that I’ll be able to add much to the discussion beyond what they’ve done — except, you know, the usual eye-rolls and snark.

  4. The fact that the mayor is using the line “we’re building a world class city” is disconcerting. That mission is outdated and hollow… so many cities have chased that dream and just ended up with big facilities and events.

    What about overall sustainability? What about infrastructure investment that allows people to move through the city in a variety of ways safely? What about building communities that support a variety of uses instead of out-dated plans for more strip malls and big box stores with few connections to the community around them? What about actually building a progressive, forward looking city instead of simply getting excited about big show-y projects.

    To be clear, this development is likely fine and needed if the current space is really that bad. But I’d love to see this much enthusiasm and have the mayor “speak in strongest terms of support” for the major and more meaningful steps needed to really support growth in our city in a sustainable way. I’d love to see council have the backbone to support the implementation of the Official Plan and Transportation Plan so that our city can realize it’s potential as a fantastic mid-size city with great mixed use neighbourhoods, excellent transit, options for biking and walking year round, so that glamour projects are surrounded by a really killer city.

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