When your quality of life is being immediately impacted, it is easy to want the “book” thrown at the culprit(s). I get that. I have felt that way too. And in some cases this is the right response.
However, over and over again, it is being demonstrated (and not just in Guelph) that the more effective and cost-effective approach to the challenges of urban living is community-based – one that works to build trust and respect between different stakeholders so that they can work together on identifying creative and sustainable solutions.
That is what is happening in the downtown and I am sincerely thankful for the hard work of the members of the Downtown Nightlife Task Force who have been doing the heavy lifting and thinking over the last several years. Rather than complain, they are stepping up to make a difference and the positive results are showing.
Our downtown is alive 18 hours a day and that is a great thing for our community.