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  1. Being out of town parents, we would like to keep tabs on police activities at Fanshawe College.

    I understand what happened last St. Paddy's Day; however, there seems to be a touch of upper handedness going on there in London. We're not from small town Ontario so get the drift; however, one does get much more cooperation with honey!

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      • Fine people for throwing cigarette butts on the ground in the core - Dundas/Richmond is disgusting

        Just a few years ago, dog owners were not required to clean up after their dogs and now the sidewalks are free of dog excrement. It's time to do the same thing with cigarette butts - especially in the Richmond and Dundas area. We walked through there last night on our way to dinner and commented we would be embarrassed to bring guests downtown. We felt as though we were in a ghetto.

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        • Expropriate that building at the corner of R&D from Farhi & build a public square

          That building is a huge eye sore & an embarrassment to the city, to have it at our main intersection. It needs to come down its a hideous piece of 70's architecture.

          I propose that when it is demolished to turn it into a public square, full of benches a fountain & maybe an icecream stand or something alike.

          Either that or create a new huge mixed-use building that adds the city skyline & will finally give Richmond & Dundas the reputation it & boost it needs.

          15 votes
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          • Promote "clean" industries.

            London is a much "cleaner" industrial town as compared to Sarnia or Hamilton. Medical, University and College resources are significant employers. Good city to live in and raise kids. Need to increase green space especially with new developments to try to reduce increased temperature from all the roads and pavement.

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            • Stop the sprawl

              Randy Richmond tells us that London doesn't want Toronto like population density. No we don't; We should strive for even more density than sprawling Toronto. Paris, France, is only a fraction of London's area. How is that possible? It has a population density 25 Xs greater than ours. Sprawl must end. We need some truly creative solutions to our housing needs. Maybe we should look outside North America, to places as distant as Baku, Azerbaijan, and their White City redevelopment to find inspiration. (Note: I said inspiration. I am not suggesting we simply copy the ideas of others.)

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              • Why spread out when we can build up. Promote the skyline.

                Reputable cities have reputable skylines. As a child and still to this day I find something fascinating about catching a glimpse of a city skyline from a highway or hilltop. For a city under of nearly half a million and even compared to cities under a million London has a great skyline. Buildings such as one London place, TD towers, and the newly completed renesiance, there is a couple new ones going but Id like to see more. I was reading an article recently saying that the renisaince sold out no problem so there is a market for high rise…

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                • I beleive part of the problem with migrating students is London Transit

                  I have been a customer of London Transit for many of the 50 years I have lived here. London Transit is bursting at the seams, London can simply not grow any longer with the current strategy.
                  When compared to other cities, such as Toronto, Hamilton, Niagara Falls and even Lindsay, our transit system is abhorrent! Many major routes still run at half hour increments. For instance, to make it downtown for 9:00 am to be to work from where I live, I have to catch the # 14 Highbury at 8:04, and transfer to the #13A Wellington at 8:10. God…

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                  • The music playing at Dundas & Richmond, & The Library should showcase local artist,& be interactive

                    Not that I dislike the Bach/beethovan, it just has a very limited appeal & makes our city look even more conservative then it already is.

                    Artist from EVERY genre should be able to have their music played through out the day all along Dundas, street with a digital panel showcasing what is playing, with the ability to vote on what should be played more often. Giving London that digital/high tech/creative/etc feel that London is trying to attain.

                    This though CANNOT be restrained or else it will lose its focus, I mean yes some music is not exactly pg rated, but…

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                    • Free Wifi Downtown and Cheap Art Spaces

                      The internet is a utility and people in downtown/old south/ old east London/ could use this to encourage innovation, communication, and attract businesses to the core. Also as a part of this we need more art/performance spaces that are inexpensive for artists to use. One of the amazing things about cities like Edmonton, Kitchener/Waterloo, Kingston, is that they create the spaces for their artists to work and show their work. Nuit Blanche this last weekend was a great example of what happens when the arts are out in public and are easy for the artists and public to access. But…

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                      • Obvious traffic and infrastructure issues. Citezens hate driving here.

                        To start on a positive note i think the roundabout at hale and trafalgar was a great idea and solution to congestion in the area. I hope to see similar solutions, they dont all need to be as large scale and costly.

                        Something needs to be done about the train that runs through the core. It backs up traffic so that vehicles are backed up at lights for blocks on Richmond and Adelaide sometimes. There is an overpass on Quebec Street and a subway on talbot but other than that no good traffic flow north to south through the core.

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                        • Fix the Parking downtown

                          Get Impark's monopoly under control. Downtown workers are being severely gouged and considering we are the only people who shop downtown (due to lack of parking) we need to be cut a break so we can spend more money at stores in the core rather than on ashphalt spaces run by an uncaring company. Parking rates have increased by 40-50% since 2007. My lot has gone from $69.00 incl taxes in June 2007 to $118 for June 2011. Impark's lots are poorly maintained and managed. The only thing they fix is broken cash collector machines and ticket issuing machines

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                          • Loosen up London

                            London is a great place, but it has a reputation as a WASPy, conservative, unfriendly city for a reason. In general, Londoners need a city-wide training course in friendliness and warmth. Newcomers from as close as Windsor and as far as Africa will tell you it takes a long time to call this place home. How about we all start by looking up at people we are passing on the street, how about we smile, say hello. That goes for shop owners too. How about we stop complaining about vibrancy - like music that can be heard from one downtown…

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                            • New London

                              The name of this city needs to be refreshed, there's too much confusion between London Ontario and London England. The name "New London" would allow London to be more distinctive while keeping its history. I can just read it I'm from N.L. Ontario. :-)

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                              • Stop the BIG BOX sprawl Madness

                                London is obsessed with retail big box sprawl which basically pushes the boundaries of our city and creates empty retail spaces throughout the inner city. This is madness. I probably don't have to convince you, but look around and you will see places like Westmount Mall, which was once thriving and is now empty because developers built their sprawl at Wonderland and Southdale. It makes no sense whatsoever and we the taxpayers pay for all the infrastructure that comes with the sprawl. Stop the madness!! Our city's priority should start at the centre and work it's way out. If we…

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                                • A Project that would forever change London's Image

                                  There is no greater symbol of London's inabilty to "Get with it" than the freight trains that run through the centre of our city. The CP rail line should be rerouted around the city and replaced by an elevated monorail running from the Hyde Park area to the airport with a downtown station at the Selby building on Richmond Street. This would provide an east/west transit corridor that could also include walking and bike paths. The next time you are stuck in traffic waiting for a train just visualize a sleek vehicle gliding above the freight with tourists waving and…

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                                  • Clean up Dundas and Richmond

                                    The same people are always loitering around the D&R area everyday. They are loud, rude, visibly dealing drugs and they make the area feel scary and unsafe.

                                    I don't have any great ideas on how to fix the problem but I was hoping to get a conversation started.

                                    One of my ideas would be to change some of the bus routes so that there aren't so many busses running through. Just change the route by one block so it's not a long walk for people to the next stop, but enough to get them moving out of the same congested…

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                                    • Encourage people to shop in the neighbourhoods where they live.

                                      I know the London Strengthening Neighbourhoods Strategy task force is already looking at this and I think it's a great idea. Imagine a city where everyone walked to their local grocery store or local business. Win for the business. Win for the environment. Win for the community.

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                                      • Strategic riverfront development + comprehensive river conversation strategy

                                        The Thames is at the heart (literally, figuratively and historically) of London. We need to protect and utilize this asset. Many people are instinctively drawn to the water. Imagine reclaiming unattractive/industrial riverfront land and creating a boardwalk of sorts, featuring small businesses that get Londoners and out and about (downtown and elsewhere), support festivals, etc. This would be done in conjunction with protecting and preserving the beautiful natural areas that surround the Thames and cleaning the water in the Thames.

                                        Our river is our identity.

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