Perhaps I misunderstood the situation on Blackwood Street, especially in the 1500-block.
Perhaps the City of White Rock knew all along it would gain extra revenue – now averaging $600 to $999 per month and counting – by ignoring residents’ concerns about the problematic parking situation consequent to the construction of the concrete highrise on Vidal Street.
So what if residents can no longer park close to their own residences, so long as the city gains extra revenue. So what if parking tickets – issued for squeezing into a space that should be “legal” according to the city’s outdated bylaws – aren’t just issued to ‘outsiders’ but mostly to residents of Blackwood Street, so long as the city gains an income stream that it would not have but for the construction.
Why else would the city not want to do the right thing and dialogue with taxpaying residents about how to mitigate the consequent adverse effects of such construction activity?
Or is it asking too much to expect more citizen involvement in evolving the regulations with which ‘we the people’ govern ourselves?
Ralph Sketchley, White Rock