Downtown needs some bright ideas

We got a guide to see the stunning Christmas lights provided by private homeowners. Nanaimo’s downtown was not on the list.

To the Editor,

In the local papers we got a guide to see the stunning Christmas lights provided by private homeowners. Nanaimo’s downtown was not on the list. In fact it was shameful.

There is nothing to show downtown for the millions that have been chiselled from taxpayers. Tourism Nanaimo has failed the people of this city, along with all the other groups and committees that are compensated, for what?

The pork barrel we call downtown is not serving this city’s best interest. Downtown has gone from ‘red zone’ to ‘dead zone.’

It’s definitely time for a core review, and to design this city for the people who call it home, work, live and spend their hard-earned cash here.

Is that too much to ask from a taxpayer?

Irene Spivey
Nanaimo

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