I grew up in Sudbury, when Sudbury had an economic drive and a boom. Since the early 90's Sudbury has been a deteriorating city with not much change or infiltration of young educated minds to help combat this regression. Sudburyís infrastructure and management is filled primarily with old minds, which quells the cities ability to grow into a prosperous metropolis. 

 Most young minds migrate to other cities, (the Brain-Drain), to become educated and to experience a life outside of the blue collar experience that has become Sudburyís repetition.  In order for a city to continue into the future the young educated minds need to stay in Sudbury to remove the ways of the past and create something new.  The decentralization of Sudbury has cost the city dearly, and has led to the de-industrialization of a once thriving city. City Hall has granted any businesses to set up shop regardless of how it will affect the city as a whole. The mentality that any business is better than no business is absurd.

This trickle down effect of minimum wage dead end call centre jobs for example, destroys the any hope for an economic turn around. People need to make money to spend money. No one spends money in Sudbury. Time Hortonís opened up in the New Sudbury Shopping Centre, across the way from where Second Cup operates, and in a matter of months Second Cup declared that it would be closing: reason being Sudburians are too cheap, too old fashioned and of a lowered economic class, thereby opting to pay a buck for a coffee, as opposed to spending 4 dollars on a specialty coffee. And Iím sure the amount of Tim Hortonís in Sudbury per capital attributes to the amounts of higher rates of obesity and cancers.

      Roads are never repaired as well. Retail outlets have closed, low income earning jobs have moved in and the economic elite arenít even able to spend their money in Sudbury and travel long distances to buy designer goods and services. Sudbury needs change or a transition into the new global village. Highway 69 still isnít 4-laned and what I have learned studying Geographic Analysis/Urban Planning at Ryerson University is that a developed transportation corridor for trade and ideas that freely moves both ways to exchange new ideas and economic growth is catalytic in the sustaining the economic development and infrastructure of the Greater city of Sudbury.

      Sudbury is a great place, for whom? I am not sure I know the answer to this yet. But I do know after all my ranting that Sudbury is a great place and has an enormous amount of potential, but no one ever utilizes it. I think people in Sudbury do not often get the chance to clearly see how other cities live and operate. Once people realize that Sudbury an economic marketing goldmine things will change. But without the influx of new ideas and job creations, nothing will change. Please 4-lane highway 69 and maybe, just maybe ill proudly tell people Iím from Sudbury, without slurring my words and feeling ashamed.

 

Robert Todd

Ryerson University Student from Toronto, On