I have been visiting my mother since she moved to White Rock 24 years ago, and I am saddened by the changes I have noticed in the town in the last decade or so.
Relentless building of highrises has added to the density of people and increased both traffic and noise.
This summer, I see more units being built.
How did those in the local government think that adding these buildings would improve the quality of life for the residents of White Rock? Other than making the developers richer – and maybe a few others – has this construction boom made White Rock a better place to live for its residents? Have taxes gone down as a result of their being built?
Not according to my mother.
Yesterday, I visited a friend who lives in the Oak Bay area of Victoria. He told me the local government decided years ago to outlaw highrises since they would detract from the quality of life of the people who already live there and change the character of the neighborhood for the worse.
It’s too bad that the people who have run White Rock for the past 10 years or so didn’t have the same civic mindedness and intelligence.
And as for those goofy-looking bears like the one in front of the library and the one on Johnston Road near Thrift Avenue – what a ridiculous waste of money!
Pierre Home-Douglas, Dorval, Que.