Letting city languish makes no sense

To the Editor,

Re: Tough first year ahead for terminal, Jan. 22.

I was stunned to read that Victoria has a perfectly good deep sea harbour for cruise ships. How could Nanaimo think it could compete?

Victoria has those charmingly British historic buildings, plus a nice infrastructure of restaurants, pubs, tree-line boulevards, etc., although a much worse drugs and homeless problem right on the downtown streets.

But we might be able to compete by offering a huge First Nations motif – a longhouse with local native foods (organic), ceremonies, sweat lodges (if they do that here), kayak trips up the river, archeologists showing and explaining historic digs, maybe horticulturalists guiding forest walks.

It would have the benefit of also employing a lot of aboriginal people, so they can have a slice of the pie, too.

Maybe we could work in some trips on real fishing boats to watch actual people at work. They have one in Alaska that is very successful. The tourists are protected on deck on viewing benches behind plexiglass (and the catch is miscellaneous fish, octopus, crabs, and all the other stuff in the ocean) put in a no-kill transparent tank for viewing which is released after the tourists have had a look.

Can you see any of that? Could it work? No one else is doing that and Americans and Europeans would love it. It is something really unique that Nanaimo could offer, perhaps without a gigantic capital investment.

Also, people are rightly outraged about highrise apartments downtown that would ruin the view for the rest of us, plus there are supposed to be mine shafts and other dicey foundation problems in that area.

Instead, how about developing Victoria Road for apartments and small businesses? There is lots of foot traffic, people walking to downtown, and I hope the street foundation is intact.

How long can beautiful, well-placed Nanaimo languish? It doesn’t make sense.

J. Katelnikoff

Nanaimo

Just Posted

Nanaimo councillors vote to ban plastic bags from retailers

‘If we want to try and get something done we should shock people’

Drivers taken to hospital after serious crash in Nanaimo’s south end

Crews were on scene for six hours late Monday night and into the early-morning hours Tuesday

Site C dam goes ahead, cost estimate now up to $10.7 billion

Premier John Horgan says Christy Clark left him no other choice

Nanaimo school district aims for consistency in sexual health education

School district presents its vision for sexual health education

Former owner of flea-infested dog charged with animal cruelty

Dog from Lantzville, who had tens of thousands of fleas upon surrender, now thriving in new home

VIDEO: Menorah lighting in Nanaimo celebrates start of Hanukkah

Lego menorah building and doughnuts among the festivities Tuesday, Dec. 12

B.C. teacher suspended after explicit images projected to class

Jeffrey Rohin Muthanna had been viewing porn on a school laptop for two years

Man who pledged to give B.C. hockey team millions charged with fraud

Mike Gould has since repaid $8,000 he allegedly owed Cranbrook restaurant, owner says

Strong economy fuels housing sales in B.C.: report

Economist says demand for houses is being supported by a large number of millennials entering the market

Tequila, hammers and knives: what not to bring on an airplane

Vancouver International Airport staff provide tips on travelling during the holidays

New fighter-jet competition to have national ‘economic interest’ requirement

Trudeau government wants to replace Canada’s aging CF-18s with 88 new fighters by as early as 2025

The top-binged shows on Netflix in 2017

Which show did you cheat on your spouse with by watching ahead?

B.C. polygamous leader argues charge should be dropped in charter challenge

Winston Blackmore argues some of the evidence shouldn’t be used against him

LETTER: Proportional representation makes votes count

Fair Vote Canada representative responds to Tom Fletcher column

Most Read