Thunder Bay – Great West Timber

Took a walk down to Great West Timber yesterday. As you can see, the remains of the fire is still smoldering.

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What I did notice is that most of the site remained untouched by the fire.  Still a post apocalyptic wasteland. Valuable waterfront property going to waste.

Security is non-existent.  Anyone can go in and out of the site at will and many people do.  There is plenty of signs that people use the area as a hangout on a regular basis.  Might have had something to do with the start of the fire?

Pool 2…beware!  There are also many people accessing that site as well.

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Why does the Thunder Bay allow derelict properties in the city to just waste away?  I walk passed a half a dozen such buildings and lots everyday.  They look like shit and makes the city look like shit.

The City of Thunder Bay needs to get tough with property owners with a “use it or lose it” policy.  Use their properties or the City will take it and give it to someone who will.

There are many young entrepreneurs who are shut-out of the property game because of obscenely high prices.  Many times, property speculators will sit on properties hoping values will increase so they can sell, pocketing a nice profit.

This does not benefit the city at all.  There are dozens of empty lots and derelict building in the city that are not being used.

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Look at the Lyceum building.  Had the City of Thunder Bay stepped in earlier, that building could have been put to use by the public years ago…before it became a disaster area.  Same for the Joseph Graham City Livery .

The mayor keeps talking about the city having to move forward.  Maybe dealing with these urban eyesores and turning them into productive members of the community is a good start.

And I don’t mean selling these properties off to City Hall’s moneyed supporters.  These are the speculators that will simply flip the property. They are parasites.

I mean, getting them into the hands people who are being shut-out of the real estate game.  The young.

Put out some RSPs and use the properties to help people move forward.  Help the city.

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