Wednesday, January 11, 2006


Upon reading this morning's newspaper, we discover that our house and our neighborhood might be turned into "greenspace", and it will probably be at least several months until we know for sure. The idea that our home may be demolished is undeniably upsetting, but the even greater threat is the possibility that this process could bog down in an interminable morass of political and bureaucratic indecision, with no clear answers at all.

The only thing we do know is that all plans for renovation are on hold for now.


  1. That sounds crooked to me, but I've never been fond of Eminent Domain in general. If you have the desire and the financial capability to rebuild and remain, that should be enough.

    Which reminds me, you've never said much about your political thoughts on the whole disaster and its handling. I'd certainly be interested.

  2. My neighborhood, too, but we already plan to have our house demolished. I don't understand why people whose houses are clearly in decent condition and want to rebuild should not have that choice.

    But frankly, I wouldn't worry. It's not like any of this is going to happen.

    I mean, light rails? They can't even get the St. Charles Avenue Streetcar line to function!

  3. I doubt any of it will happen, aswell. But even if it doesn't, it has the chilling effect of throwing a big wrench of uncertainty into our plans.

  4. In Winnipeg, they have what they call "flood inches" You are required to build so that the lowest window in the basement of your house is 2 inches above the level of a hundred year flood. This results is a lot of housing developments with all the houses raised up high and backfilled. Basically ugly, but all in all, effective.

    You should be allowed to re-novate your own house though....the Manitoba government believes that if you are smart enough to build on a flood plain, you are smart enough to re-build on a flood plain.