To the editor:
Re: "Vibrant East Side as nice as West Side," Letters, April 11.
Just finished reading Louise Lee's incorrect interpretation of my letter. Now I'm the one who is laughing. Where in my letter did I say that I wouldn't live on the East Side? In fact, every time we have had to move the charming neighbourhoods in East Van are in our search. However, there are many things to consider when you're renting a house and for whatever reason we've always landed on the West Side.
My "less-than-perfect" remark seems to have really caused offense, which surprises me because offense was certainly not my intention. I really like the East Side. Apparently, it's shame on me for expecting that a professional couple with a healthy salary, a family that pays taxes and contributes to society should have no trouble finding residential security in a safe neighbourhood near an elementary school that has a good reputation-wherever that may be.
I think the East Side is a great place to raise a family-good for you if you were fortunate to be able to buy there, or if you were able to find a stable rental (the actual price of rentals doesn't differ much from east to west). But come on, am I the only one who expects a little perfection when you pay $1-$2 million for a house anywhere?
Please Louise, take a minute and stop jumping to conclusions. My letter was written as a comment on Mark Hasiuk's column. Housing all over Vancouver is overpriced and rentals are getting harder to find because it's quickly becoming a resort town. And Louise, you owe an apology to families who've lived in places where bombs and tanks are on the ground because that is not "less-than-perfect," that's life threatening.
Rebecca Kovacs, Vancouver
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