Re: Quality of life lost over time, July 17 letters.
I resent someone from Quebec criticizing progress in White Rock.
First of all, the writer does not live here, only visits. Also, from what I know, Quebec has a lot of problems of its own, and I am sure that someone from the West Coast going to Quebec and offering their critique would not be welcomed either.
I won’t pontificate on this. Let’s just say that progress is inevitable everywhere, and as much as some people would have loved to keep White Rock a small community, as it once was, that is not a reality.
Once it was discovered that this seaside community had the warmest weather on the coast and had easy access to downtown as well as the U.S. border, etc., people came from all over and made it their home.
Consequently, more housing had to be developed and, since there is not much space, highrises are here to stay. It would have been ideal if developers had built only three storeys, however that is not cost-effective and there has to be a profit.
I believe – along with other people, I am sure – that the planning of this seaside community could have been better laid out and more attractive, but that is another issue.
Nevertheless, to compare White Rock to Oak Bay on Vancouver Island is not fair; the Island is very beautiful but it is not convenient for access to the mainland and thereby not comparable.
D. Barros, White Rock