Letter: The City of Richmond has sold out

Dear Editor,

The politicians who run the City of Richmond have sold out to property tax revenue greed.

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Perfectly good, older homes are being torn down to be replaced by mostly over-sized homes that look out of place in the neighbourhood and out of the market price range for many families.

Developers have taken advantage of the weak mindedness of the politicians and have maximized the usable property space to where some lots are all house and paving stones. (Not good for the environment).

Three-story new homes should never have been allowed. It’s a perfect example of politicians not taking their jobs seriously in protecting the best interests of neighbourhoods. They will defend their lack of oversight in this matter with wiggle room excuses. 

Now, the politicians have allowed ultra-small two-storey towers to be built on the same property as the oversized home. More property tax revenue for the city but at what expense to the character of the neighbourhoods ?

The two most pressing problems of this world, according to a recent UN study, are over population and over development. The Richmond city politicians have no true ethical understanding of what is meant by over development. They are part of the problem because their mindset has been influenced by the relentless pursuit of progress and development.  Eventually, a new mindset has to take place, but it certainly won’t happen with the current batch of politicians running the City of Richmond.

JG Jardey

Richmond 

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