The City of London will be launching a year-long community conversation about the city’s future over the next 20 years and is using one of the nation’s most recognizable journalists to get things started.
On May 3, the city will launch ReThink London as a way to engage the public and develop a new master plan. The study will focus on five key themes for discussion: how we live, how we green, how we grow, how we move and how we prosper.
To launch this community initiative, a special evening event has been planned, featuring guest speaker Peter Mansbridge, chief correspondent for CBC News and anchor of The National. This event — that takes place at the London Convention Centre (300 York St.) begins with registration at 6 p.m. — will set the stage for conversations and workshops that will take place in 2012 at various venues and community events.
The goal of ReThink London is to hear from as many residents as possible over the next year.
“ReThink London is a forum where everyone’s ideas have value,” Mayor Joe Fontana said in a news release. “This project will allow London residents to look ahead to what our city can and will be in the future.
“We will have 12 months to get involved and let our voices be heard. This is an exciting opportunity and I trust London will be energized by the ReThink project and I expect we’ll see some amazing and creative ideas develop.”
John Fleming, director of land use planning and city planner, said community involvement is an important part of the master plan process.
“From the streetscapes and parks of our neighbourhoods, to the Downtown, gathering places and natural areas that define our city image, we’re rethinking London,” Fleming said. “The decisions and directions we set as a community today will determine how we live, move, green, grow and prosper today, tomorrow, and well into the future.”
Tickets for the ReThink London launch event on May 3 will be free and made available as of April 19, at 10 a.m., online at ReThinkLondon.ca and by telephone at 519-661-4980.
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