To the editor:
Re: "Community centres protest park board's plan," Feb. 1.
I oppose the park board's plan to take control of community centre revenue. This ploy is one more component in Vision Vancouver's plan to replace residential neighbourhoods with a uniform, city-wide grid of habitations, in which neighbourhood identity has neither relevance nor influence.
In its place, Vision Vancouver wants to foster an environment without local centres of coherence. For in that way, residents have less and less to stand up for and defend, thus rendering them increasingly manipulable by the top-down administration favoured by Vision Vancouver. In its vision, Vision Vancouver sees only ways to implement its programs: laneway housing, elimination of vital roadways in order to facilitate real estate development, cancellation of residential zoning bylaws, rampant densification. It never considers the effect of these programs on the habitability of the city which it governs.
To Vision Vancouver, habitability means stuffing as many people as possible into the smallest space, with bicycle corridors inserted to relieve congestion.
Eric Levy, Vancouver