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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 9, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta August 9, 1972 THE IGTHBRIDGE HERALD 38 Battling 'the elitists' Mavor sees Victoria disaster ntrolled ny aucifAKi, IIUGIIHS VICTORIA (CP) Peter T ollen, Ilia lean, outsnokcsn n.ayor of tliis capital city of British Columbia, is not >vho Mill gentle out of Iho night." A constant critic of what he culled irresponsible pciliti- cians, money-grabbing develo- pers apytlietic citizens duriiif) bis two-year slirit as an alderman, he shows no sign of mellowing as the city'.1) chief magistrate. (1I just can't stnwl sitting around the eormnvmly getting the 44-year-old mayor-businessman said in un JrAorview. Asked ho expects to achieve one of his goals, to force city planners and devel- opers lo be more sensitive to the needs of people, he quoted a passage from Welsh Dylan Tliomas: "Do not go gcnlle out of the n I It 1. rage, rage agtinsl the dying of the light." Rage has in tha past and more of the same he promises for the future in an effort to have planners, developers and entrepreneurs plug into the needs and aspirations of the community rcther than the re- verse which he says has been the case in the past. Summer visitors no doubt look upon this picturesque city on southern Vancouver Island with its hanging (lower foas- kels, ginchy little boutiques uml "little hil of olde Eng- land" ntmosphuro as immune from the carlh-s'ivkinfi prob- lems of bjg city sprawl, cong- ealed streets and high-rise jungl'js. Not Mayor Pollen, who uses Vaivjnuvcr's v.cst cntl, which be bibi'l.s "a nightmare." us ;in example of what could be in store for Victoria if -some controls und guidelines are nc! imposed. into li'.e mayoral chair last Uaeembcr on a platform of :i more refresh- people-oriented approach to the growth of the city, Mr. Pollen lias imposed some Lim- its on tha h'-ighl of buildings, held propolis in lirnbn nd in general pit a on developers who pre- had a free hand in the city. DKCIDK Most of the planning deci- sions for the city in tha past came from "an elite backed up by civil servants who were "highly specialized hut enclosed in an incubator of lie said. Now lie and his council are becoming more expert in planning matters aniJ "contin- rally questioning decisions by the civil service." "Urban environments have- always been imposed on the people by tlu> so-called eli- Mr. Pollen said. "But I think it is time in modern-day thinking tiul the impos- ing of an environment on peo- ple mast change or you arc to fjet a resigned dc- spondoncy." ilu is quick to say that these are rot the mumblings of a "mad Afte- all he did make it big himself m the free cr.tcrprise world. A business, graduate, trained in Inbor relations, he v.'ys a rcpre.srntativc for Fnrd Motor Co. in Calgary and Vancouver before ir.oving to Victoria in 1953. Ho row is manager of the1 Ford dealer- ship, ono of biggest car dealerships in town. "t think Ihe entrepreneur is a fellow v.ho creates M'cr.Kh and uses the genius in the community. But I don't lieve t'Tjy should set the rules, that tl-ey, Ihe Mr. should frt'slrate the social as- pirations of the tie USI'S SPORT TKHMS The peppery mayor ex- plains himself in terms of a football game. "We don't want to take all the players off Ihe field, all the enterprising people off the field, nil the businessmen off the field because they are the best players But we are going to change the rules of the game, in government have to endeavor lo change the foot- bal rules because are going to play a different type of New rules for Victoria, for- mer bastion of the status quo, were issucd in March when council approved regulations limiting buildings in the down- town area to 14 storeys or 140 feet unless council grants spe- cial approval. The cily will also pass a bylaw soon, Mr. Pollen .said, gradf'illy eliminating over a Ulrca-ycar period all large "third party" hillbaarcfs and also imposing tighter restric- tions 01: the permissible size and number of other signs. Third-party signs are those relating to a commercial ac- tivity or advertising a service or product not available on tin? site in question. Mr. Pollen said this action became necessary after the billljoard companies proved to be "less than responsive" to council's pleas that garish billboard advertising be toned down. The big businesses, the in- ternational and multinational companies don't operate any social he said. They respond "only to their share of the market and ttteir return on Investment." THERE'S PROOF YOU GET LOW LOW PRICES AT SIMPSONS-SEARS NEW PRESIDENTIAL IIMOUSINE Three years in the under cover unlil its form making, this hand-crafted black Lfncoln Continental gels car weighs pounds a test drive through Dearborn, Mich. The limousiner made tinental due to quarfer-in by the Ford Motor Co., be trucked to Washington in and four doors, a closed van with a secret service escort and will be kept al showing more than c h armor i in Washington, a conventional n the bottom. The Con- roof Knit shirt sale puts you in the forefront of the freedom movement Freedom. To move. To bend. 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