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1Feb 4, 2010 6:05 PMMilligan Pond is in very poor condition. It needs the city to spend money and resourses cleaning it up. It is a natural wetland in the Downtown and we should be celebrating it.
2Feb 4, 2010 7:34 PMThe HNS should be having more public meetings since they have received substancial funding from the city.
3Feb 4, 2010 9:43 PMThere is a sense that hidden agendas exist by some within the community, whether it be at city hall, or people of persuasion who can unduly influence the course of many contentious issues within our communities. Though promised transparency and accountability, when people attempt to get answers to critical questions, delays and intimidation have circumvented due process. People with ligitimate concerns and authentic, honest and sincere insights fail to get any traction with moving issues forward unless they risk personal and public ridicule from some sources. This results in others who may be less prone to get involved, to completely give up and not bother trying to express opinions. The community and city are the worse off for it and innovation, diverse visions and contrasting agendas delay and sometimes halt progressive development from happening.
4Feb 4, 2010 9:59 PMLove the job the HNS is doing, a great effort so far. Keep up the great work.
5Feb 4, 2010 11:29 PMOur downtown area could be so attractive but with graffiti, urinating in alleys, brawls in the evenings, panhandling, etc. the feeling of community is not there. It;s a place to go shop in the daytime and not walk about in the evening for fear of being accosted. My husband and I enjoy walking around the old historic neighbourhoods but we steer clear of the downtown area in the evening. We think that's a sad statement to make in a city with so much potential for an exciting and welcoming downtown section.
6Feb 5, 2010 8:23 PMThank you for asking for my input. I do hope that this information will be used appropriately, and not wasted as a public relations scheme to lull the citizens in believing that the city really does value our opinion.
7Feb 7, 2010 1:08 PMI hope we see the changes in our life time. It will take strict law enforcement to rid Barrie of the activities going downtown yet it seems our mayor is helping less and less in that area???( according to shop owners) make the city follow through on promises.
8Feb 9, 2010 12:09 AMcfroese@mail.scdsb.on.ca
9Feb 9, 2010 11:09 PMI think the highest priority in maintaining historic neighbourhoods would be increasing transit accessibility, when it is easy to access historic downtown barrie, more people will want to help maintain it, not just residents and business owners.
10Feb 12, 2010 5:33 PMStrong suggestions that you ask respondents to priorize their answers just as the City will have to in making budget decisions. Thank you
11Feb 16, 2010 5:14 AMThere is still an aspect of culture and heritage present, but it is slowly fading. Most people are looking for convenience these days and tend to like one stop shops. Downtown will never be like that (hopefully). So since people will not get that, it is difficult to design the area like the rest of barrie - big box stores and big parking lots - and a more unique design/layout may need to be required. The main priority downtown can't be dedicated to cars and easy access - because no matter how much people try it will never be like that. Promote pedestrian streets, with commercial/cafes and open spaces for people to feel safe; wider sidewalks, landscaping and community 'signage'. The reality is people are most likely going to have to be walking to begin with so the extra little walk might not be bad, and if pedestrians are the ones being catered to people might actually enjoy it then. More parking garages might be necessary. One thing that does need to be addressed for the future of the neighbourhood is the 'social programs' which are run out of downtown. I am not saying that social support is not needed or welcome, far from it! However, the majority (if not all) of Barries social programs are run in or near the downtown core. This then reflects the majority of individuals who then are present within the downtown. Which I don't feel is along the direction of where HNS wants to be heading.
12Feb 16, 2010 8:15 PMOur neighbourhood is not about the state of the roads or the sidewalks. It's about the people and the homes. In fact, bumpy roads could deter people from cutting through our streets. Please ensure that decisions made enhance our heritage neighbourhood.
13Feb 16, 2010 8:57 PMYou appear to have the right vision in my opinion
14Feb 16, 2010 9:38 PMThis survey is much too long with a lot of the questions being so similar that they almost appear to be 'trick questions'..
15Feb 17, 2010 9:02 PMRe. the question about what kinds of densities/projects should be on what kinds of roads. I don't think there are any hard and fast rules. We have to consider what is already there. For example, on Burton Ave -- an arterial road -- there are a lot of single-family homes. There are also some larger, Victorian homes that have been converted into many apartments. Over time, I'm sure more of the remaining single-family homes will change to be multiple residential. This sets the stage now for more multi-res and more dense multi-res as the years go by. Contrast that with Toronto Street where the most intense developments are semi-detached homes. I don't think a walk-up apartment complex would be appropriate right now, but a small series of townhouses would work.
16Feb 17, 2010 9:09 PMThank you for all your efforts so far in the project. It is truly appreciated.
17Feb 18, 2010 2:29 AMKeep up the good work, and lets make things happen, not just talk about it. I'm pleased to see proactive planning around intensification.
18Feb 18, 2010 3:00 PMOne of my beefs is the ridiculous timing of stop lights. As a pedestrian & cyclist, I find this city extremely inconsiderate to those who are most exposed to the elements. Bayfield and Grove Sts.: pedestrian - if you arrive while the stop light is green you don't have a walk signal. You must activate the signal and wait for the light to fully cycle before you get a green light and a walk signal, and then you only get the walk sighal on one side of the street. If another pedestrian on the far side of the street arrives while you're crossing, he/she will not have a walk signal, and will have to go through the same process you just executed. Cyclists, who arrive at a demand stop light, must dismount and manually trigger the light, or ride the sidewalk and manually trigger the light. What is felt is that pedestrians & cyclists are second class citizens, and don't matter. What matters is the driver in his warm car, polluting the atmosphere. I don't consider this to be encouraging alternate modes of transport.
19Feb 18, 2010 9:01 PMPeople with historic homes should receive financial aid in maintaining and improving their homes and businesses. Money towards re-painting, landscaping, driveways etc. lighting, signage of history. Locals (people) should get to use the waterfront parks for free while out of town residents (Toronto) should pay a minimal fee to use this area.
20Feb 18, 2010 9:27 PMThe downtown situation is deplorable. The level of drinking establishments, continual drinking gardens, quality of blue collar workers that close the establishments down till 2 every evening is not a reason to go downtown after 6 with my children. No wonder people never come to this section that have lived in Barrie for years. It is unsafe, men, drunks and prositutes linger from Manhattens to Roxys. Ridiculous! Barrie is my town and this is not acceptable. I am embarrassed to say I live near this section.
21Feb 20, 2010 3:09 PMPlease continue to do these types of surveys. Good idea.
22Feb 22, 2010 2:31 PMKeep the old parts of the City - do not destroy them
23Feb 25, 2010 11:53 PMI would really like to see more money put into repairing and resurfacing some of the older streets in my neighbourhood. I live on Clapperton St. and it really needs resurfacing and the sidewalks need to be leveled and repaired. Gunn St. is another street which is in dire need of work and the sidewalks on Peel St. need some repair as well. These things affect my everyday quality of life as I am a daily walker. When I was young, the dips and dives were a challenge for me when I was jogging but now that I'm older, they are a menace! This is a safety issue in my opinion as many people in the neighbourhood are seniors and they prefer to walk in the neighbourhood rather than along the lake where they risk getting mown down by someone on roller blades or a bike.
24Feb 26, 2010 11:06 AMmy young family would like to stay downtown so i can teach my children about higher density living which is the future for canadian cities. transit, small businesses, varieties of people from all ethnic, financial, and social backgrounds. my kids should have schools to walk to. the county seems to have a different feeling about how and where barrie will grow. there is a lot of crime in my neighbourhood. there are many vacant stores. we will move out of downtown if there is no plan for schools or to reduce crime. i also would like to see new downtowns and higher density around the current and future train stations to promote transit use and more vibrant neighbourhoods. more jobs in Barrie and less commuting. slowly migrate the industry between the 400 and the lake elsewhere and replace with mixed residential and small businesses or offices. I would love for Barrie to find/develop its own feel similar to Halifax or Vancouver and separate ourselves more from tha GTA. I one day see a beautiful bridge across Kempenfelt linking the north and south shore communities and bringing GO train options to the east end. did i mention schools?
25Feb 26, 2010 4:56 PMYes, we would like to share thoughts.
26Mar 1, 2010 3:10 AMWe need more neighborhood parkettes for dogs off leash where they can socialize with other dogs. These dog parkettes are not to be large as they are not meant for exercising. They only need an area to be fenced off that is big enough to throw a ball, or for dogs to chase each other and run around together. It would require a garbage pail by the entrance to the area for discarding of doggie bags, and ideally this garbage pail would be emptied twice a week by City staff. These types of parks exist all over Canada and the U.S.A. They are in all sorts of small neighborhoods within the City of Toronto. These types of dog parks tend to strengthen a neighborhood as a family as people talk to each other while their dogs are playing. Generally these parks are not abused and most people are very good about stooping and picking up after their dogs due largely to peer pressure of other dog owners. The dog of leash park in Sunnidale Park is one of the worst concepts I have ever seen. It is not easily accessible to a lot of people including the elderly because of its location within the park. It is full of poison ivy so as a dog owner I would not let my dog run free. The pet would get the sap of the poison ivy plant on its fur and contaminate the owner or anyone who goes to pat it.
27Mar 2, 2010 6:57 PMBarrie has been better in the past It would really be something Not just my view or the well-to-do's ect but a good view can agree on
28Mar 2, 2010 7:01 PMPlease consider providing decent housing for low income people away from Downtown
29Mar 2, 2010 7:11 PMThe roads that I use are getting very rough. There is missing sidewalks and I hope the City will fix or repair them this summer. If not I hate to see them next winter.
30Mar 3, 2010 3:50 PMEncourage more sporting events in the downtown. Expand the triathlonn, add some running areas or even a bike race.