We’ve been debating what to do with the city-owned property in front of the Basilica [of St. Lawrence] since 2004. Most residents are clear that we want it to be cooling, a refreshing green space.
We have plenty of buildings going up, and each one will generate more heat and will increase traffic. More people, more congestion, higher rents and a less desirable city is the result. Saving out that small space for trees and shrubs is a tiny repayment for the hundreds of trees we have lost to development in the past few years.
I have a door hanger from Brian Haynes saying that he is in favor of green space in front of the basilica, and he has my vote. I note that Council member Marc Hunt is opposed to green space there, favoring selling the property for development.
Where do the rest of the candidates stand? This is not the only issue in the election, but it is an indicator of whether candidates will be responsive to residents or to the developers.
— Kathleen Lyons