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What makes a great city:
- Great infrastructure – water, waste disposal
- Great public transit – invest quality rolling stock, adequate capacity, on schedule, a good plan
- Great transportation system – invest in roads, highways, bridges
- Great housing – not deteriorating pubic housing with the city acting as Toronto’s largest slum landlord
- Great parks – clean, beautiful, safe public spaces that people want to visit and use
- Safe streets – adequate police and fire services to keep our neighbourhoods safe and free from fear
Unless we can deliver these basics, no amount of money spent on advertising and culture and tourism and economic development will make us a great city.
Great cities are built by the energy and dynamism of their people. We need a vision for Toronto that unleashes the potential of our people by providing them with world class basic services, not try to be everything to everyone. We must bring people together to share in building a great Toronto, business, the arts, and communities each doing their part.
We must change our focus from doing everything for everybody to become enablers, releasing and encouraging initiative instead of stifling it with bureaucracy and negativism.
By doing our job wisely and well, we will turn business loose to raise our economy from stagnation.