Focus on bottom line leaves social fabric to unravel
Social infrastructure, not just bridges and roads, needs funding to function.
December 18, 2008 — They are the deteriorating heart and soul of many towns and cities, everything from skating rinks and paddling pools to libraries, arts centres and community halls.
And it will cost big bucks to bring them up to snuff, according to Canada's mayors.
Trouble is, the erosion of vital social facilities often gets a lot less attention from city leaders than crumbling roads, bridges and sewer systems. Critics say too many leaders miss the point that an enriched citizenry is as important to urban centres as smooth roads.
"I'm not sure that politicians really understand the breadth and the range of components that are part of social infrastructure," says Tom Carter, an urban affairs expert. . .
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Focus on bottom line leaves social fabric to unravel,by By Joe Paraskevas, Winnipeg Free Press, and Norma Greenaway, Canwest News Service, December 18 2008
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