Here’s a provocative comment from a PT reader whom I’ll keep anonymous – not because he wouldn’t mind his name being printed but because he probably wouldn’t write as colourfully if I did.
Say, have you been enjoying Michael Geller’s dispatches from abroad?
I particularly liked his latest, from Hanoi, whereby he spoke about taxation being based on property frontage rather than on assessed value. This would have a tremendously beneficial effect on EcoDensity if adopted here, as it would reward high-density development rather than sprawling single-family homeowners.
Is it not ludicrous that someone on a 66′ lot with a 4500 sq.ft. house [including perhaps as econdary suite- all right] worth $1M is treated the same by the taxman the same as an owner of an 1100 sq.ft. condo unit, among 200 other units, in a 35 storey tower also worth $1M? Look at the disparity in terms of land and energy consumption, municipal services [e.g. personal service pruning the tree out front on the boulevard, or in back as another tree starts to conflict with hydro wires], runoff, water use, yard maintenance impacts, etc. etc. etc. It really is criminally inequitable, with the bad guys [ecologically speaking] ripping off the good guys.
We in the tower have a baby’s first bootie in contrast to the clown-shoe footprint of the single-family homeowner in the city [an oxymoron in 25 years?].
What do you think……is there a self-righteous cause here worth taking up?
Well, is it?