City Map or Building Healthy Communities
Although we don’t live in the city, we love Whitehorse, but the pressures already felt in the overcrowded city without enough private sector staff are becoming painful to watch and experience. We hear the unease expressed every day.
Just a few objective thoughts.
Communities of healthy cooperative contributors are emerging globally, why not here before it’s too late. Let’s not turn our city into a little black hole for the needy.
Why not stop residential development on municipal lands, conserve the space we have for parking, recreation, parks and view downtown as a beautiful resort destination and stop forcing greater residential density. It’s not communal. The balance currently seems correct. Higher density will not be healthy.
Considering the outer perimeter of the city. Keep it green and safe from forest fires. Then develop smaller areas, like Wolf Creek, etc., very healthy communities with pride.
Allowing private businesses and tourism to thrive downtown, which means parking spaces. If there are not enough parking spaces, 2 per res. minimum unit, do not allow more units. Be practical and add value. Yes, values will increase in the city, but we can have affordable rural communities nearby, lifestyles will improve for everyone.
Create outlying city parking lots for all government employees staying longer than one hour on the city’s regular bus service.
Reduce downtown traffic to shoppers, restaurants, tourists and increase business revenue.
We need businesses to thrive, we cannot base our Yukon economy on government jobs and locate them downtown on Yukon’s most valuable space.
The retail business development must provide adequate parking for its staff or use the shuttle service. Remove parking meters, they are counterproductive to a pleasant experience in the city and encourage longer-term users. Why not park, stay, shop, dine, attend events without parking, your biggest challenge.
Develop outside the city but with more privacy and space for families, lots of one to two acres minimum. Yukon has space, offers land at 25% residential value.
$500,000. $150,000/relative land value. Land development costs can be amortized longer to create greater accessibility.
Our goals should be a much higher quality of life and affordability.
Look for any signs of help needed. Service level workers cannot afford to live in the Yukon and it is not getting better. This is a serious issue that needs priority status.
Whitehorse is homeless-focused and subsidized without an overall strategy to engage occupiers in the economy. Why subsidize housing in the city, why not build that housing on more affordable space, and ask applicants to select how they will contribute to upkeep and maintenance as one of the criteria?.
We need cooperative community development projects. We already have some good examples. We nurture a society without self-esteem or initiative to be part of an economically contributing society. Very sad unhealthy scenario leading to mental illness.
Just a few thoughts. We all have to take some responsibility and teach our children how to survive and support themselves.
Stop saying, we can’t. We can.
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