Like most residents of Guelph, including downtown merchants, I am very much looking forward to the opening of Market Square and the new transit hub. The long term vision for this new civic space will benefit the community for generations to come.
Let’s face it, no one likes construction (except perhaps construction workers!). Add hot weather and unforeseen delays, and it’s easy for emotions to boil over. I have been following the commentary that has flowed from a recent email by a downtown merchant naming a city staff member, and the subsequent response that erupted from my response asking him to apologize.
The exchange of email is often an ineffective means of communication — to express humour, response, and for ongoing dialogue. Recognizing this, I spoke to Mr. Black last week in person. The two of us came away agreeing on a number of key points, including the need for ongoing communication and a speedy conclusion to the construction and a grand re-opening of the street. He’s a nice guy and we had a pleasant conversation.
As far as I am concerned, the matter was concluded.