letter to Watson re Bronson


755 Somerset Street West, Ottawa, Ontario, K1R 6R1
Eric Darwin, President

Mayor Jim Watson
City of Ottawa

Re Bronson Avenue

Dear Mayor Watson

In tough economic times the City must continue to demand a great return on its capital investments.

The reconstructions of Preston Street, Wellington West, Richmond Road, and parts of Somerset Street have resulted in adjacent property values doubling and tripling in a short period of time. Economic activity along these streets is booming. The City is prospering as a direct result of good investment in livable streets. What a wise policy.

In contrast, all our suggestions to make Bronson more livable are being rejected by city traffic engineers who have a single focus on enhancing rush hour traffic. Your city is foregoing enormous economic potential and consequent tax revenue enhancement. Instead, the current reconstruction plans for Bronson will merely continue the blight and decay that has plagued properties along that street since the 1950’s. We are truly surprised to see such retrograde policies in place given your reputation as a progressive mayor.

We invite you to take advantage of the opportunity to increase the City tax revenue, create jobs, and bask in the glory of another street salvaged from blight and made livable. Rescue Bronson now.

Eric Darwin.


  1. Damn, that's almost exactly what I said[1] (upon rereading (you even used the word retrograde and referenced the '50s), only you said it far more eloquently, and spoke to what really concerns the mayor (tax revenue), and not what I did (how the current plan won't fix what a mess it is to actually drive down Bronson)

    I hope the mayor and council are listening.

    [1] http://folkwolf.tumblr.com/post/13305201938/rescuebronson-my-letter-to-jimwatsonottawa-et-al

    - Matt Rose


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