The Editor, Britannia is not the only city-owned heritage site in Richmond, but judging by the amount of money being poured into it, you might believe it is the only one the city really cares about.
While many thousands of taxpayer dollars were spent on weeks of full-page colour advertisements in several greater Vancouver newspapers touting the recent Britannia Maritime Festival, London Farm Day got nothing more than one simple text press release in our local papers.
Britannia was flamboyant with signage, pennants, flags and massive origami cranes. London Farm didn't even rate a banner.
Don't get me wrong, after more than 30 years of advocating for the preservation of Steveston's heritage, I applaud the city for finally realizing there is value in our history and I want Britannia to be a success, but not at the expense of other sites, which are equally valuable and deserving of attention.
Granted, Britannia is a big site, but it is getting a disproportionately large percentage of the city's heritage budget. It's time for Richmond to be fair and equally support all the heritage sites that are struggling to keep our history alive.
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