I think at some point or another we’ve all heard the expression “the grass is always greener on the other side.”
And so it is for the residents of Bridgewater Forest in South Winnipeg, who are greeted by a less than pleasing to the eye boulevard such as the one pictured above. And folks in Sage Creek in the Southeast and Amber Trails in the Northwest aren’t having any better luck, despite paying taxes that are supposed to be specifically dedicated to the maintenance of green and open space in their neighborhoods.
Winnipeg Deputy Mayor and St. Norbert Councillor Janice Lukes joined me on Friday’s edition of Richard Cloutier Reports as I sat in for the venerable host the show is named after. And Janice says she’s on a mission to discover a short term solution, while digging around in the weeds (sorry for the pun) to try and find out where the maintenance money has been diverted to.
Most, if not all Winnipeggers, are all too familiar with the myriad of infrastructural and transportation problems in our city. So it probably wouldn’t take someone with Sherlock Holmes’ investigative instincts to deduce that tax money has probably been “re-directed” to a more pressing problem than unsightly landscaping.
Do the residents let the city off the hook and mow and maintain the areas in question themselves? You’d like to say yes, just for appearance sake. But it will be a cold day in “you know where” before those same citizens get a rebate on the taxes they’ve already paid, for some one else to provide that service. So why should they?
It would drive me nuts- to have to drive by those neglected boulevards every day until the City eventually got around to looking after what they’ve collected tax money to maintain.
Maybe it’s time for a lawyer, instead of a landscaper.