With a Mayor who wants to make us a little Toronto, and a police chief who worries more aboot officers swearing than officers destroying evidence. It seems we are in a city of transition. In the words of Howard Hughes in a late night Edmonton radio interview though it As a technological city our a
So this is a story of a city. A city that has always been the gateway to the north. A pioneering airport was always at the centre. Officially founded in 1927 it was always here thoiugh. It was where my Granpas friend, Grant McConachie almost died in a crash. It was were many of the bombers bound to bomb Germany rallied during the war. It was the centre of Edmonton. The home of Aircobras, Flying Fortresses, and Mustangs. In mass quantities they congregated there. It was the centre of the most technologically advanced craft that this city has ever seen. A site that had many a child gazing in awe at the magesty of feats of engineering that now are the things of myth. These pieces of aluminium flew in and out at a rate that would now seem incomprehensible.
They were much more than that though. In a time of mass death and murder these flying machines showed the world a little bit of good had resulted in a military fiasco that was born of ignorance and delusion. It was a bit of history that was never forgotten by those who saw it happen. Least of all was a man by the name of Howard Hughes. He was hardly a permanent fixture of this airport. As flying goes though the name Howard Hughes is synonomous with it. On one April fools night many decades past now he gave us advice. As a city and as a people. He did a brief radio interview. His words told us the inherent value of this little airport. He expressed the problems with erasing our little gem. He mainly seemed to think though that an airport in a city is a boon to technological development. His words were clear though. Keep the fucking airport.
It was hardly a long interview but it was an interview all the same. Now with our city councillors scrambling to make up tax dollaars and place blame using any means necessary it becomes far more relevant than we ever could imagine.
In the aftermath of our lazy mayors over-spending spree during the boom we are left a lot shorter on money than we could ever imagine. Expensive redevelopments were done on our city square. Also our spend happy mayor chose to build a new art gallery. Somehow believing that Edmonton was the new, "Cultual Capital of Canada," or K K K. Hardly fitting for a Kosher Mayor, and a shame to his family in my opinion. I for one believe the KKK have a right to free speech. I do not believe however that we need a mayor who associates our town with such an extreme rascist group, though. The fact is he overspent during our boom period. Now he must blame the tax hikes on a simple airport. The airport has caused height levels of buildings to be limited. YES. In my opinion this is fine though. We are EDMONTON. We are not Toronto or Montreal. So I say if you want to build above 30 stories. GTFO of my city. Our Mayors greedy scrambling for all the taxes possible is on the level of a certain Sherriff. I believe it was the Sherriff of Nottingham. Or maybe that is one of his lackies.
Either way. I'm sick of big city retards developing my city to be something that is more suited to a major port. We are an oil city. We have a boom due to hydrocarbons. To reshape our city based on a resource that will in all sanity be obselete in 50 years is just a case of Anti-Manbearpigism. Nice that our Mayor wanted to build some big expensive buildings in his term to somehow justify his existence. That's fine. When the bottom falls out of your ponzy pyramid though don't blame it on our airport. Suck up your mistakes and lack of planning. Accept that your ideas for the city were something more meant for Toronto, Montreal, or Vancouver. This is Edmonton. We have an airport that is the centre of technology for us. Don't take that away for some short lived tax dollars. Just because you overspent when times were good.
Listen to Howard Hughes, Grant McConchie, and all that is good. In 30 years when thing slow in Edmonton we will wish for our airport back. Instead though we will have a collection of cheap run down homes, and a new breeding ground for crime. Oil runs out. The vision that built our city does not though. So to the people of Edmonton in the words of Howard Hughes. "Do Not Give Up On The City Centre Airport."
To summarize ; CITY CENTRE AIRPORT NOT FOR SALE.
Thank You Howard Hughes.