Editor: Enough already! Madam Schoales’ rant regarding the new home on Ambrose Street (The Guardian, Thursday. Oct. 24, Turning Charlottetown into a second-rate Stratford) has addressed some valid points, (although her letter could have earned higher marks with some editing for syntax).
However, with regard to the fait accompli, i.e., the house itself, her concerns are of the spilt milk nature. The dwelling will not be soon torn down, nor will the mature arboreal growth return in Madam Schoales’ lifetime.
Although her broadsides on Coun. Lantz, Planning and Development, Heritage, inspector and council may have substance, I would rather she had undertaken to go to these individuals and offices directly, leaving mention of the new neighbours out of the discussion.
Considering the tone of her presentation, I believe that it was unhelpful to try to slip a complimentary remark amidst negative diatribe.
Perhaps contrary to her suspicions, most of her neighbours do indeed enjoy their respective properties as well as their neighbours’ (although I dare say that many dwellers hold their tongues on occasion in order to maintain harmony). At any rate, on this item, I wasn’t surveyed to voice an opinion. Furthermore, most neighbours, if not all, might be quite tickled to be near an environmentally friendly house, one that at least is minimizing the spewing of CO, CO2 and other pollutants.
The new occupants may even forsake herbicides, albeit risking some neighbours’ wrath over resulting imperfect gardens and grass. In suggesting an invasion of privacy, does Madam Schoales suspect the newcomers to be into voyeurism? On the subject of the “potential environmental and safety risks”, let’s hear more, because this is serious stuff.
Suppose for a moment that the current builder/owners decide to not live among us (and decide perhaps to live in first-rate Stratford). What welcome mat do we lay down for future occupants?
Enough already. It’s beyond high time that we move to a superior level of civility. I’ve devoted enough towards this matter. I have some lemons and must go and make lemonade to bring to our newcomers.