The South Granville BIA has responded to my post. You can read all my tweets as is on twitter to verify things. However, since they deleted theirs the only way to get the story out was to screen cap them all. I'd like both sides of the story to be told. This blog is about me and my love of urban planning - I think that BIA's are important neighbourhood/community agents. I do believe that some do better jobs at it than others. For instance, I tweeted to the SGBIA that they should look at the Strathcona BIA because of the amazing work they're doing. It's all about balance: I believe that businesses can benefit from sustainable practices and better place making for people. Here is their response:
Brandon, this is very disappointing.
You fail to mention that 3 days prior you came through with a 'you should do xyz like XXX BIA...' We gracefully accepted and thanked you for your suggestion. 3 days later we get another 'you should ...'
There are lots of things we should do. The pop up cafe idea sounds great unless you read some other info on the subject or walk in my shoes and have done my job for as long as I have. When I attempted to give you a small sample of the obstacles you kept at it. There is a list as long as my arm why this particular suggestion would simply not fly - Transit requirements and use of Granville is the first.
You have neglected to include my post where I suggested I handled things poorly. I should have accepted your suggestion (good - bad or otherwise) and walked away without comment. The truth is, I DID handle it poorly and I apologize. I would like to think that the SGBIA is a strong part of our community. We go far beyond our mandate when it comes to community development. We have been commended by great Public Space advocates such as Fred Kent for our efforts around public seating and streetscape enhancements. In reality we are on the same team and want to continue on that path.