Letters to the Editor

Nanaimo has too many dilapidated buildings

To the Editor,

Re: No one injured after house partially collapses, March 11.

The person on Tuesday’s front page should get comfortable with the view of the junk heap of a collapsed house in his backyard.

Nanaimo has come long way from its very tough reputation, but the road to dignity is long. For our city to not take timely action on junk buildings is a shame. I understand there are tragic events that happen. I don’t feel we are helping anyone by allowing burned-out junk houses to sit for months or years. The same applies to buildings that are obviously beyond salvation. I know of several that cannot be rebuilt from the eyesores they have become.

I challenge this newspaper to get out on the street, photograph the buildings and demand action on getting rid of this type of blight on the landscape. I want this city to continue to improve and cleaning up the garbage houses and buildings is one area to start with.

Bernie McCarthy
Nanaimo

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