First, a disclaimer. prairie dog pays me money. They point me in a direction, say "photograph this, that and/or the other thing." and about a month (or so) later, I get a cheque. Easy peasy, fun money that pays for...well...part of my phone bill or something.
One thing they DON'T tell me is what to think. (Well, Whitworth tries.)
As a VERY small business owner, I try to distance myself, at least in my own mind, from the socialist frothings spewed forth from Whitworth, Dechene, LaRose, et al as much as is possible. Sometimes I agree, sometimes I don't.
In Dechene's story about City Hall's approval of the apartment complex in the Far East end, he complains that the development is in an, shall we say, inappropriate area ("Now Leaving Regina", July 2-15 prairie dog). Well, Paul, I'm happy to report that there are indeed sidewalks out there...but very little else. I'm a bit of a purist when it comes to journalistic photos, so the photo that accompanies the story wasn't messed with. Mr. Whitworth was with me at the time and, contrary to his nature, he did not knock down the sign (EDIT: which was, ironically, a public notice of the zoning change) and cover it with garbage. All is recorded as it was. This is one empty-ass lot. With no visible bus stops and barely visible from the future 4th floor amenities (grocery stores, convienience stores, gas stations, etc.) this place is practically isolated from the rest of the city.
As a far-flung surburbanite who owns a glass house, I will only half-heartedly chuck stones... but we need this development in the middle of the city, not the fringes.
Hell, this place's future tenants would have to drive for 10 minutes just to get to Regina's fringes.