Wow. Just when one would have thought that the debate over sprawl, Polo Park congestion, big box retail and the Kenaston overpass couldn't get any stupider, the Free Press lowers the bar with its editorial Kenaston alternatives (Nov. 1).
Has the writer in question physically had a look at the abandoned CN right of way (the Oak Point subdivision) he or she trumpets in this article as a parallel roadway to Kenaston to ease congestion? Or is the author proposing we just tear down the west side of Lockwood Street and east side of Centennial Street to accommodate the idea? Hell, why don't we just draw a diagonal line from the St. James Bridge to the corner of Waverley and McGillivray and plow right through River Heights so Lindenwoods and Whyte Ridge residents will no longer have to even pretend to slow down by our schools and playgrounds? As long as we preserve a few square feet around Fusion Grill so the mayor can still eat there, I'm sure he'd be fine with it. Hey, maybe in all the carnage they'll be able to add a drive-through.
If the author of the editorial, who in the closing paragraph assumes the mantle of "visionary" (nice touch!) were truly so, perhaps he or she would publicly ask the mayor why he single-mindedly pursues the concept of a rapid transit corridor along the Red River to the University of Manitoba from downtown, instead of a rapid transit corridor down the centre of a re-engineered Kenaston Boulevard from Polo Park (a natural terminus) to the university, with stations in the aforementioned suburbs? Wouldn't this in fact address all of our concerns? One need only travel as far as Calgary to study the practicalities of such a plan.
One final thought: One wonders why this editorial, which initially paints "area councillors" in a disapproving light eventually denigrates into a senseless attack on Coun. Garth Steek. Silly me, we know the answer to that question, don't we?