To the editor:
Re: "Seniors' home worries Dunbar Re-Visionists," Oct. 24
I work in the retirement industry in Dunbar and we currently have a growing waitlist for private suites. It's getting longer and longer every year due to few options for them when Assisted Living services are needed in the area where they have lived in their whole lives.
There is bound to be more need for seniors to have a safe and happy home in their neighbourhood. Putting such a residence "in the more commercial area" of Dunbar is ridiculous, however. Ninety-year-olds shouldn't be dealing with high traffic areas where they are scared to cross the road.
The irony of this, of course, is that the very people who are protesting this development are later going to complain that there is nowhere for them to move into when they need such services.
This whole "not in my backyard" philosophy is so close-minded. Another thing this neighbourhood might want to think about is that high rises are the way of the future because most of us can't afford to buy million-dollar homes. If this neighbourhood keeps protesting such developments, they are going to find that their entire neighbourhood is purchased by international buyers, and then they are going to complain that the "feel" of their neighbourhood has been compromised.
People need to get their heads out of their asses and take a look at the reality of things! Just another example of the wealthy being completely out of touch.
Erin Coulter, Vancouver