Letter: Ugly, ugly buildings in Coquitlam

The Editor, Re. “Enforce speed limits, don’t allow highrises” (Letters, The Tri-City News, April 11).

The Editor,

Re. “Enforce speed limits, don’t allow highrises” (Letters, The Tri-City News, April 11).

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Letter writer Brian Robinson is right about highrise buildings.

Not only, as he says, do they mean more traffic on an already impossibly congested transportation grid but they dwarf old, familiar neighbourhoods into dark concrete canyons.

They look awful, like Soviet-era flats, like gigantic beached aircraft carriers plopped on what was once decent living space, deforming and polluting the natural landscape.

They are notoriously adverse to community and family life, and well known to isolate residents into small cramped spaces so detrimental to their mental health. They simply are not good places to live in spite of the evocative, Orwellian names given them by developers: BlueSky, Vista, etc.

Home affordability and scarcity are real problems. But surely our elected representatives can come up with better answers than these ugly behemoths.

Peter Manning,
Port Coquitlam

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