Thursday, October 28, 2004

Scale is a funny thing

I read a lot of news every day, but I most look forward to Ottawa's bi-weekly Centretown News, a free community newspaper produced by third and fourth-year students in the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University.

This paper is about where I live - my neighbourhood.

It's how I learned that the City of Ottawa and the Ottawa Police run a Graffiti Management Program downtown, where management means getting rid of it.

It's how I found out about proposed residential developments that would take at least five to eight years to begin construction on rental apartments set aside for low-income and affordable housing, because the company wants to build the purchasable buildings and "show its best work" first.

It's how I know that some folks who live by a favourite basketball court are so unnerved by people who play basketball and swear that they have lobbied the City to impose rules of conduct that, if not followed, will lead to removing the baskets. And it's how I heard that still other folks assume that all parolees are a danger to the community.

I guess what I'm saying is that despite the wonders of global communication and awareness, it's what's happening right here - locally - that impacts my daily quality of life most intimately. And in my research it would do me good to remember that scale is a funny thing...

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