Cities can learn much from the Brantford, Ontario and Brant County boundary talks.
It’s good for a municipality to aspire to be a great place to serve, give, learn, play, buy, sell and live. To accomplish great goals a city must first be solid, where its public and private sectors work in tandem (always doing what is best for taxpayers and the overall layout of the city).
A solid city manages its current size well. It has, to name a few characteristics, up-to-date:
- water distribution
- wastewater management
- stormwater management
A solid city has few industrial, commercial, institutional and residential vacancies.
A solid city has no debt.
The “bigger is better” mantra has dominated North American urban planning for decades. The byproduct is urban sprawl and congestion.
It’s better to be a solid midsize city that manages its size well than an unstable large one. Those involved in the Brantford Brant boundary talks should remember that some people choose a midsize city, such as Brantford, because of its size.
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