Fabio Costante Windsor

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Saturday, March 27, 2010

The Ambassador Bridge v. City of Windsor

Today I came across an ad in the Windsor Star from the Ambassador Bridge, alleging that the City of Windsor--particularly Eddie Francis--is purposely impeding the demolition of boarded-up homes on Indian road.  Their rationale is simple:  we (Ambassador Bridge) are being prohibited from demolishing the homes and "greening" the area because the Mayor and the City are delaying our twin span to benefit their DRIC interests.

As west-end residents, we have been played as pawns in this battle between two large corporations.  I have been getting emails and many have expressed concerns as to the current state of their neighborhoods and its future should the Ambassador Bridge someday twin span.

What's concerning is that there are conflicting facts from both parties and as residents, we have a right to know the real facts.  What are the implications of a twin span on Sandwich Towne?  Does the Ambassador Bridge have a plan for what they will do once they demolish the boarded-up homes?  Is the government, both federal and municipal, acting in bad faith and thus illegally against the Bridge corporation?  Etc.

Once we know the true facts from both sides, we can finally assess the long-term benefits and costs of  demolishing the homes and a potential twin span.  I have been receiving information from local activists and concerned citizens who have a general idea but we still haven't reached any determinative, conclusive facts. We deserve the truth.  As a west-end, we must demand it.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

How to Plan for Sprawl

Should city council limit the supply of new lands made available to investors for commercial development?

how to plan for sprawl  (The Windsor Star, March 16, 2010)

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Community Gathering this Saturday

To all west-end residents and anyone who may be interested:

I will be hosting an informal gathering at Faces on College and California this Saturday at 2pm.  The topics of discussion will range from developing and amalgamating Neighborhood Watch teams to discussing local issues and opportunities that affect us all. 

If you are interested in attending, please email me at fabiocostante@gmail.com or you can reach me at (519) 567 8719. 

I look forward to meeting you!

Fabio Costante

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Plan for 2nd span takes big hit (The Windsor Star, 03 Mar 2010, Page A1)

Another setback for the Ambassador Bridge Co.

Plan for 2nd span takes big hit
The Windsor Star
03 Mar 2010

The U.S. Coast Guard has terminated the Ambassador Bridge’s permit application for a twin span, delivering another major setback for billionaire bridge owner Matty Moroun. Hala Elgaaly, administrator of the coast guard’s bridge program in Washington,...read more...