To the editor:
Re: "City taxes rising, services declining," Letters, Jan. 16.
My sympathies to Jenny and her struggle with the city regarding her lane woes. I, too, have had challenges over the past few months with noise, mud and road blockages caused be developments in the lane near me. But it's the big picture that we may have to consider here. If Vancouver is to be the greenest city by 2020 then there have to be a few sacrifices to our personal lives. These problems are always going to arise in a progressive society
For instance, if the great work of the 2010 Winter Olympics had not taken place we would not have had "Our time to Shine" and the chance to become a world class city. The economy would have suffered. Yes, there have been a few problems with cost overruns and increased taxation to the property owners as well as cuts in services, but don't we all feel better about ourselves? Isn't it better to ask the developers to build those dream homes to attract foreign investment and little bitty lane houses so we can achieve densification and relieve congestion? I'm sure her leaf situation will be solved soon - maybe when the roads are widened to allow the new developments where the tree will have to go. After all, money doesn't grow on trees .
Brian Jones, Vancouver