No Growth In The City Not The Worst Thing We Face
One of the main reasons Don Zurowski failed to gain the support he needed in his quest for the Mayor’s chair was the fact that he kept insisting that he would grow PG to 100,000 people. It was akin to savings in every department of up to 10%. It may have sounded nice but the residents of the city did not bite.
We now have received the official population of Prince George and in 2014 the figure was 73,590, down from 2013 when we were at 74,227.
I recall when the sign entering the city, at Mayor Colin Kinsley’s insistence, showed a population of 81,000 , a figure that we never came close to.
To his credit , Mayor Lyn Hall, did not bite on the population increases. He had a handle on what to expect coming from the school board.
You see during the period 2001 to 2010, the city saw a decrease in the school population by just shy of 7,000 . Tag that onto the City’s real numbers and you would see a population of around 80,000 if the student population had increased in the manner it had in the past.
Reality dictates, and that reality is that couples are having far fewer children, In many cases one, on the high side two. Yes there have been a whole lot of new homes built in the city over the past few years, but you will find that most contain two people, not the old four or better of days gone by.
We also, as Mayor Hall says, lost at lot of young people during the crash of the eighties as folks moved to Alberta and never came back, and unless they have a reason to come home, don’t look for that to change.
Hall hopes that the oil patch crash along with some very major projects being planned in BC will change all that . He talks about numerous developers who are looking at this city, and that along with the LNG and other mega projects it may just be enough turn the heads of those young people who left the city.
Hall notes that we have bottomed out so to speak in the school closings, our population of students has begun to stabilize after ten years of dropping, and he sees no reason for alarm.
You see he wasn’t to the guy who said they would grow the population of the city to 100,000
I’m Meisner and that’s one man’s opinion.