THUNDER BAY – Mayor Keith Hobbs states that the vast majority of citizens in Thunder Bay are satisfied with the direction that the City of Thunder Bay is headed. The Mayor’s comments come after Moneysense Magazine, in its annual ranking of the best cities to live in, has dropped Thunder Bay to 112th, down from 109th in 2014.
Mayor Hobbs states that his conversations with residents, and backed up by the Ipsos Reid Citizen Survey back up his view.
The Moneysense Magazine ranking of the city has come down in the past five years from the 23rd best to the 112th best rank point.
There are a number of factors that go into the annual ranking, including weather, crime, employment, and overall cost of living including housing affordability.
The Mayor also contests those who feel that City Council and Administration have put an Event Centre as the legacy project for their term in office. The Mayor says that restoring the downtown Fort William neighbourhood is what he would like as a legacy project.
Hobbs points to the steady work of the Crime Prevention Council as helping to make that happen. Crime is down in the city the Mayor asserts, a statement also backed up by Moneysense Magazine.