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LETTER: Displaced tenant clarifies record

A lot, at left, and two houses that had been abandoned and gutted, but now the land is ready for development as a five-unit residential townhouse. The area is located right across Water Street from the small brick building that is known as the Brass Shop, part of the railway system that had been a tourist information centre and now home to Receiver Coffee.  ©THE GUARDIAN
FILE: A lot, at left, and two houses that had been abandoned and gutted, but now the land is ready for development as a five-unit residential townhouse. The area is located right across Water Street from the small brick building that is known as the Brass Shop, part of the railway system that had been a tourist information centre but is now home to Receiver Coffee. ©THE GUARDIAN - Google Street View

I would like to reply to a recent article on the front page of the paper about the waterfront properties that were torn down on Water Street. Coun. Greg Rivard stated no tenants were displaced. I beg to differ. Five tenants had to find other places to live. We had until Oct. 31/2017 to move.

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We were told at the time the properties were being torn down because they weren’t making any money off them (Gordon MacKay’s words). I lived there for 19 years and in those years, little was done to keep them up except for the stuff we did ourselves.

Unlike what Mr. Rivard said, these properties were not abandoned - they were our homes. And not that bad inside.

If landlords would step up and find houses with a bit lower rent, people would have affordable housing.

Just thought I’d set the record straight.

Marjorie Atkins,

Charlottetown

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