Maybe low-income neighbourhoods would function better if cities provided them with the same amenities and maintenance as well-off areas. The best way to create an equal society would be to treat people equally. -Angela Chapin
|At the official opening of South Surrey Recreation and Arts Centre|
|Teen Skate in Newton cancelled in early December 2013 prior to the murder of Julie Paskall|
|Open House at Surrey City Hall Spring 2014|
|Gorgeous First Nations Art at South Surrey facility|
A city is judged on how it treats its most vulnerable citizens. They, more than anyone deserve the best recreation, arts and cultural facilities that the city can offer. An aesthetically beautiful community centre and first class facilities should be available to every person who calls Surrey home. Some parts of this city enjoy state of the art facilities, others do not.
Time after time, we hear how children and lower income families benefit from having access to sports, arts, music classes & facilities that don't look like they are inner-city. It makes a difference in their lives. And it matters to everyone else too. Think of the money it costs you as a taxpayer when even one teen gets off track and ends up in the court system. Add up the costs of policing, lawyers, drug addiction treatment, housing costs, and well, it doesn't take a genius to see that investing in people is the smart way to run a city, and saves taxpayers money in the long run.
Downtown Newton needs a South Surrey type recreation and arts centre. It is stunning, and it shows that the residents for whom it was built are valued. We need to give children and youth an alternative to loitering & being out on the street where they are vulnerable to drug dealers and crime. We want to believe that the diverse group of people who call Newton home, 140,000 strong and growing, will get the same treatment. Nothing less than the best. Because if the future truly does live here, investing in our children and families now is a good way to prove it.
|It's Newton's time to shine. The future lives here. 140,000 strong and growing.|
How Mixed-Income Neighbourhoods Can Succeed.
-by Angela Chapin