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  1. 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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    • 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…

      108 votes
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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.

        81 votes
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        • Springbank Park "Restore it's Beauty"

          This is Londons biggest asset for tourism, Lets restore the gardens this year and promote this as one of Southwestern Ontaio's best parks.
          At 300 acres, Springbank Park is the largest park in London. On 30 kilometers of trails, visitors find everything from naturally wooded areas to perfectly manicured formal gardens. One of the city's most popular spots for runners and roller bladers, the park is also home to picnic areas, soccer fields, a wading pool and the well-known attraction Storybook Gardens. The recently opened Springbank Gardens, a restoration of the popular 1940s park attraction Wonderland Gardens, includes an open-air…

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          • Both the market and state have failed Londoners. Change happens from the bottom up.

            We need to revitalize civic society and revitalization begins from the bottom up through civil association.
            London needs more small businesses, neighbourhood shops and a more diverse economic base. Economic problems that cities such as Detroit and Windsor face are due to reliance on a narrow base of big businesses.

            We also need to be proud of our greenspace. Zoning bylaws should be changed to accommodate more urban agriculture and urban forests. People should be encouraged to drive less through more subsidization of public transit and walkways.

            We need stronger neigbourhoods with strong civic associations and local institutions ranging anywhere…

            63 votes
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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.

              58 votes
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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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                • Bus Passes Included With Taxes

                  Having a LTC bus pass included in tuition for Fanshawe or Western has been successful, why not start something similar city-wide? Offer bus passes to Londoners and have the cost included in their taxes. Granted, this idea wouldn't work for people who rent, but it's something worth trying to encourage people to drive less.

                  45 votes
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                  • we need to focus on what makes us different.

                    Every city has a downtown, nice neighbourhoods, entertainment centres, markets etc. What makes London stand out? The river? The music or arts scene? Whatever it is that makes us different, we have to celebrate it.

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                    • Local businesses: create jobs with security, benefits, decent pay, and room for advancement.

                      After reading the article on the LF Press about our identify issues and the need for young people to stick around, my first thoughts are on the job market. With the people I'm connected to, London does not have a good reputation regarding its workforce. We are a city full of call centers and other places where people have low-paying or minimum wage jobs. The workers have no job security and no way to advance in their fields. When I first moved here, I worked at a call center with 1000 people. People were hired or fired without a blink…

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                      • Restore the Festive Atmosphere

                        Give families a reason to come downtown, clean-up the Forks of the Thames, aid, promote and restore the summer festivals we've lost (Like the Childrens and Balloon festival).

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                        • Allow Buskers Downtown and Take Away Red Tape for Small Entrepreneurs

                          Make it easier for someone who wants to start a sidewalk business. Take away all the rules and regulations associated with trying to start a simple business. Encourage micro business so people can take control of themselves easier.

                          35 votes
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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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                            • Build on on the name 'Forest City'!

                              Make an extra effort to create more prominent green spaces downtown and all over the city. As well as a stronger effort to preserve and nurture the beatiful nature within our city. So we can become a model for other cities to look at and follow..

                              28 votes
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                              • Repair sidewalks

                                London should repair the sidewalks. They should also put some nice brick on the sideways to make it more visually appealing. Lastly like in Europe we should have two different colours on the sidewalk, so there is one side for bikers and one side for walkers or runners.

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                                • London needs some great attractions in the CORE of the city -bring excitement to residents & tourism

                                  Major cities that have excitement to them have something that people want to see - attractions that entertain and educate while providing a fun escape from mundane every day life.

                                  I think that it would be great if London brought something exciting to the core like an aquarium, a museum, a natural science center, solarium, observatory, botanical garden, a conservatory, an "actual" art museum, etc.

                                  Think of all of the cities that people flock to - they have something to see and do while there. What does London have besides the JLC and the Grand? Not much else.

                                  25 votes
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                                  • London has no distinct culture

                                    this is what the creative city initiative was trying to enhance. Guelph, K/W, Ottawa, even Brantford have identifiable music/arts "scenes". Since London's punk-rock hey-day in the 80's there has been no dominant sound/style coming out of the city. not sure if it has to do with the lack of venues (although the London Music Hall is a new one that is the best I've seen in 10+ years in London) or the fact that young people flock OUT of the city. Could be that there's more effort put into snuffing out fun (see Rock the Park complaints) than there is…

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                                      • London's dominant industries and institutions have failed over time to invest, promote, and exploit

                                        London's dominant industries and institutions have failed to invest, promote, and exploit growth and jobs for their graduates. These businesses, which derive great tax and services benefit from being supported by this communitiy, fail miserably at applying their collective intelligence and wealth to finding and developing new startup businesses and cultural opportunites that would attract or keep young minds. Where is the UWO and Fanshawe committment to this city off campus. Why is the medical and health industry that finds much of it's root research and development in this city not exploiting further businesses along this food chain in the…

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                                        • London needs a name it can uniquely call its own

                                          London was a name already taken when we adopted it way back when. Too much named after the other London. Why not dust the old name, like Thunder Bay (Port Wm/Port Arthur) and KW (Berlin) did?

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