No sooner had The Square wondered out loud what had happened to the promised bulky pick-up service, the city rush into getting it started. Windsor alerted the media on the day the story appeared in The Square that it had sorted all the details and was ready to start picking up bulky items like overused couches, and the like, from residents, at a tariff of $20 per item.
If you see city councilors smiling these days, it is out of pure egotistical satisfaction of a job well done. In their minds, at least.
Apparently, councilors are busy patting themselves on the back for pretending to be actors and putting on a little play about a fictitious 1892 council meeting in their windowless chamber. How much money was spent to allow them to party hearty has not been released, but surely for this council it was a lot. There were costume suppliers involved.
Without question, the money could have been put to better use.
Why couldn’t they have given all the money from their play day to a local theatre troupe? The troupe could have played out a dramatic recreation of a significant event in the city’s history.
It would give real budding actors experience. School children could be trucked in, like they were for the FINA swimming event, except this time they could learn something.
If the darling of Broadway right now, Alexander Hamilton, is any guide, it might even have put the city on the map.
The Memorial Cup has brought thousands to the city and expectations are they will bring up to $17 million of their own money with them to make a one-time injection in the local economy. But, are they enjoying themselves.
Some clues were discovered in a quiz of some local tourism officials manning information tables at local hotels. After FINA, it would be assumed that the billions who had watched the December swimming championship would be so familiar with Windsor they would all be asking for the same tourist information.
That hasn’t happened.
Most of the visitors simply want to know what delights they can experience downtown. They really don’t know what the city has to offer.
There is also a big misconception that shows how little they do know about the once rosy city. Many visitors, the tourism officials say, thought the arena would be downtown, like it is in most cities.
One visitor from Edmonton could not understand why a city would put its arena so far out of the city’s downtown. Ironically, that is exactly what his hometown did with its Northlands Coliseum. Only recently did it correct such a mistake with its new downtown Rogers Place.