To the editor:
Re: "Dunbar needs seniors' facilities," Nov. 9.
Would Erin Coulter step down from her moralistic soapbox. If she had read the articles and listened to the news she would know that the Dunbar Revisionists are not opposed to a seniors' home being built in Dunbar. What they are worried about is that city council can push through rezoning to allow seven-storey buildings in Dunbar and other districts all over the city without consultation and the approval of the people of Vancouver. Whatever happened to council's plans to rezone to allow for affordable housing? The proposed seniors' home definitely doesn't come under the heading "affordable housing" with proposed rents of from $5,000 for one person and $5,800 for two persons in a one bedroom apartment.
When I started reading Ms. Coulter's letter, I thought, "Here is a woman who cares about seniors."
Any admiration I had for her swiftly went out the door as I read her inflammatory remarks about international buyers. She goes on to say: "Just another example of the wealthy being completely out of touch." Sorry again Ms. Coulter but stop trying to bring up that old rag about the rich (West Side) versus the poor (East Side).
We are not all wealthy. Personally, I retired in February at the age of 75 having worked since I was 16 and have only a small pension. I worked hard all my life and did without a lot so that my children and I could live where I did when I was young and now am close to my children and grandchildren. I'm sure that there are many in my neighbourhood who feel the same. Is it a crime to love our beautiful city and want to keep it beautiful?