I’m keeping my fingers crossed that Nanaimo won’t become a bedroom community for Vancouver, or we will lose our laid-back lifestyle for good, says letter writer. (NEWS BULLETIN photo)

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Nanaimo needs to retain its laid-back lifestyle

Someone told me a long time ago that Vancouver Island would become the bedroom of Vancouver

To the editor,

Re: Developer hopes for highrise, Dec. 5.

I wonder what Nanaimo city council have up their sleeves for 2018?

At the top of their ‘to-do list’ should be affordable housing for those who live and work here. Where the restaurant and shops were destroyed by fire, why can’t they rebuild and add three or four storeys for apartments? This would be so convenient for elderly people and those with disabilities as they would have access to the banks, shops, clinics, etc. nearby. There is still the eyesore A&B Sound property across the street from the fire, sitting empty.

Thanks to Vancouver and the cost of housing there, it has now created ridiculous rising prices for housing in Victoria and that is creeping up the Island. Someone told me a long time ago that Vancouver Island would become the bedroom of Vancouver. At the time I thought ‘heaven forbid’ so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that won’t occur for years to come or we have lost our laid-back lifestyle for good. I was born and raised on Vancouver Island and love it, always happy to return from travelling. People say you can’t stop progress but I sure hope you can slow it down.

Theresa Kowall, Ladysmith

The views and opinions expressed in this letter to the editor are those of the author and do not reflect the views of Black Press or the Nanaimo News Bulletin. If you have a different view, we encourage you to write to us or contribute to the discussion below.

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