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A man was badly injured late Tuesday evening when part of a wall collapsed on him on Bleury near Sherbrooke. He’s in critical condition.
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I wonder if Montreal leads the world in death and injury caused by falling concrete?
This is happening all over North America. The suburbs ate up all our cash.
I very much doubt it, Bill Binns. There are many places built up in more seismically active zones, with inferior materials, next to no inspection standards and even more corruption than we have. It’s just if someone dies from falling bricks in Shaanxi or Tehran it doesn’t exactly make the international news and we never hear about it.
Suburbs dont eat other citie’s cash: people move there, and then they pay property taxes. The question you should be asking is why professionals chose the burbs over the city, and why cant the city have those things.
You exactly describe the way suburbs eat the city’s cash — the municipal taxes are paid in the suburb, but services are still used in the city.
There was a story last week about a chunk of concrete falling off a Toronto overpass and apparently it wasn’t the first time either. There are so many roads and bridges that we can’t maintain them all… and we keep adding to them.
ant6n what do you want? a time machine so you can go back to the 40′s and 50′s and say “hey, dont build highways, suburbs, shopping centers, etc.” there goes the postwar economic boom that brought half of us into existence.
People in the burbs have to pay for their own services too, and things like busses are usually more expensive. You speak of “theft” as if taxes arent being paid and services dispensed anywhere else. Try making some parts of the city more decent and decent people will move back. Its not like people enjoy trying to cross congested bridges, and still they put up with it, food for thought.
This is all a bit off topic. There’s two ways to approach the issue of suburbs draining resources out of cities via property taxes:
1) don’t use the model of property taxes for municipal funding
2) create large tax unions around metropolitan areas, and find a good way to distribute funding properly.
Please don’t use that much hyperbole; I have note used the word “theft”. Also, development of the 50′s and 60′s (not 40′s) can be reversed without a time machine. Also, buses in the ‘burbs are more expensive because the average distance travelled is much larger, but the cost per km per passenger is the same. Also, there are fewer high-performing lines with good revenue.
I doubt either of those will happen in your lifetime. Why not just move to the suburbs instead of complaining about them taking all your tax revenue? At least in the burbs youll get to enjoy it.
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