A wayfinding sign at one end of the Bastion Street bridge in Nanaimo. City council recently approved of a slate of projects intended to improve and beautify the downtown. (NEWS BULLETIN photo)

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Beautifying downtown won’t work

You can paint a zebra every colour of the rainbow but it’s still a zebra, says letter writer

To the editor,

Re: City of Nanaimo working on downtown improvement, Oct. 24.

If the overall intention is to spend $220,000 of the taxpayers’ money for the revitalization of the downtown just to make it a lot more appealing, well, it’s all too obvious the city has not heard about the saying you can paint a zebra every colour of the rainbow but underneath, it’s still a zebra. This so-called solution only amounts to a very expensive whitewashing of the many problems, but just like the zebra, they are still there and growing.

You cannot just continue to throw good money into these hare-brained ideas that simply do not work, but for some as-yet-unknown reason, they still do it.

The only positive way of solving these problems is by direct action and spending tax dollars wisely, not just whitewashing.

Al Munro, Nanaimo

RELATED: Nanaimo councillors endorse a slate of downtown improvement projects


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