(Editor's note: Please note the clarification in the comment below the letter.)
I was unhappy to hear that the TD bank at Prairie Avenue and Coast Meridian in Port Coquitlam is probably moving to the Save-On Foods parking lot on Ottawa Street. There are already several vacant storefronts in the Prairie mall, the CIBC at Prairie and Coast Meridian is closing, with a new one opening near Walmart.
Our governments pay lip service to having green communities. They tell us to walk or ride our bikes.
But while telling us this, they are allowing - and encouraging - big shopping areas away from where people live.
How many people are actually going to walk or ride to these shopping centres?
What happened to the village model, where you could walk to and support local businesses?
Maybe this is for the people who will live in new, still-to-be-built highrises.
What about those of us who've been here and paid taxes for years? It seems our city really doesn't care about neighbourhoods, about shopping and doing business where we live. I find it very frustrating.
Alma Sollanych, Port Coquitlam