It’s Sunday afternoon. I see a man is mowing the very tall grass at a bus stop, and a woman pulling weeds surrounding the stop’s bench.
These Winnipeg residents live in the corner house adjacent to the transit stop, with a fence separating their home from the public waiting area.
Often when we hear about people having to mow the boulevards by the perimeter of their homes, we justify it by saying it’s just some extra pitching in to take care of our city. But when you see a family maintaining a bus stop on a sunny Sunday afternoon, you see it in a different context. In fact, take a look at the “Maintenance Worker” position in the Winnipeg Transit job posting below.
Does it seem Winnipeg residents should be doing Winnipeg Transit’s work? And if residents take upon such tasks, should they receive incentive in the form of a property tax credit?