Can you fight city hall? Well, you can try. above: artwork hanging in hallway outside the hearing room pretty much sums it up At the OMB it is hard to “out planner” the entire city planning department, or the developers … Continue reading Fun and Games at the OMB, 5/5, Can you fight city hall?
Amongst the boredom Throughout the hearing, I was surprised at the lengthy boring testimony, with day after day of “turn to binder 4, tab 77, typed page 23 but handwritten page number 26, point C, ii, point four, third line … Continue reading Fun and Games at the OMB, 4/5, Humour breaks out
The Hearing, part ii One of our arguments was that the city designated ten stub end streets running off Preston for low rise housing, ie the two story houses there now, and with intensification, allowing for four floors. The only … Continue reading Fun and Games at the OMB, 3/5 the hearing goes on and on and ..
The Hearing (part i) Our lawyer had the one side of the central microphone stand. She was backed up by our hired planner, our transportation expert, and a few local residents. The other side of the microphone stand held the … Continue reading Fun and Games at the OMB, 2/5, on Expertise
This past winter I learned first hand how the OMB works. I was an appellant (notice my new legal vocabulary !) Over the next few days, you can see our case unfold in glorious slo mo. Readers with a high … Continue reading Fun and Games at the OMB, 1/5, what was the issue?
No, it’s not Christmas tree trimming, although will come soon enough. The view in Little Italy the other day was much more Star Wars like. Instead of sending someone to climb the long-dead tree, the operator sat comfortably in a cab at truck level, and sent up this multi-positional arm. The claws grasped the tree trunk: A lengthy chainsaw blade whipped out in an arc from under the claws, slicing through the tree in less than a second. Obi Wan should be jealous as it looked like serious competition to a light sabre. In about an hour, the rest of … Continue reading Tree trimming in Little Italy
Wandering around the west side by foot and by bike reveals new wonders perhaps missed because the summer heat made me slothful. Here’s the stone walls along most of the aqueduct through LeBreton Flats. They were restored / rebuilt about 20 years ago, but the City sorta benignly neglected to maintain the bank sides and landscaping ever since. Many of the trees have died (for lack of water, since they were planted in giant “pockets” underlain with impermeable fabric so the roots can’t get to the water table). The view below is from the new Booth Freeway overpass, which offers never-before-seen … Continue reading Wandering around the west side (ii) the historic aqueduct