Had a little walk through my neighbourhood the other day and stopped to admire these majestic trees on 140th St. near the former city hall in Sullivan Heights/South Newton.
Aren't they gorgeous?
I hope they will be spared when this site is developed.
Sullivan Heights is changing in many ways. There are some great new condos at Latitude on 60th Ave. and many new townhouse complexes under construction in the area. BUT...we worry about so many development proposals for mega homes some up to 4500 sq. ft. on super-small lots.
We need to take a breath and rethink the suite strategy in Surrey. I am 100 % in favour of multi- generational families living together. In fact I would like to see more of us adopt this way of living. For children it provides a link to their past and culture. Whatever that culture might be. The situation we have in Surrey is that too many home owners are renting out more than one suite in their homes, and this is putting a strain on services, schools, and is not a sustainable way to develop our city. We cannot continue to put development dollars before the needs of the people who call this place home. It's not working.
Let's make the kind of decisions we can be proud of 10, 20, 50 years from now. You don't have to be a card carrying tree hugger or be anti-development or anti-business to think this way. God knows we're sure not. We are business people first and foremost in this household. My husband runs his business in the city & is a member of the Surrey Board of Trade. I promote Surrey businesses every chance I get.
But we have to face facts. The city is being developed too much too fast and that's having some fairly dire consequences. Over crowded schools, parking nightmares in many neighbourhoods, and a drug & crime problem that is placing a stress on our police force to put it mildly.
We need to take our collective foot off the gas...
We don't need to slam on the brakes.
Repeat, we do NOT have to slam on the brakes! Just take it off full pedal to the metal mode, get out of the car, have a look around, and then carefully, thoughtfully get back in the driver's seat and go at a reasonable speed.
Isn't that just common sense?
|5500 block 140th St|
|140th St. development site|
|Fun Fact: Sullivan Heights used to be home to wild pheasants who made the most unusual sounds. Really miss them!|