To the editor:
Re: "Mayor supports PiDGiN," Feb. 27.
What kind of a society do we live in? Besides the rich who complain about the "have-nots" or vice versa, we also have "NIMBY" people who complain about everything they don't like or cannot accept around them. They don't like the laneway buildings, tall condos, halfway houses, social/low income abodes, hospices etc. in their neighbourhood. Their causes are often labelled as selfish, insensitive, unsympathetic and usually from a small vocal minority.
Now, some aspiring entrepreneurs opened an "upscale" eatery in the Downtown Eastside, often labelled as one of the poorest area in Canada, and some of the locals are objecting to it. Can this also be called NIMBYism?
I applaud the owners of PiDGiN's for their courage and foresight and can't agree more with the mayor that Vancouver is all about inclusion.
Vancouver is a welcoming city. We welcome newcomers, be they from other parts of Canada or the world, and make them feel at home and help them get along with those who are born and raised here. Let's accept one another and continue to make Vancouver the best city to live and work no matter who we are, where we come from and what social status we have.
Kelly Ip, Vancouver