Letter: It's not me, Richmond, it's you

Dear Editor,

We have been together for 30 plus years. You watched me grow up, buy my home, watched me get married, and was there when I found a great job. We’ve been through everything together. That is why I hate to tell you we need to break up.

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Let’s start with my job. I take the bus to work daily and have to walk roughly 10 minutes from the bus stop to my office. No big deal right?

Well now you are widening the road and not providing a sidewalk for me (and others) to safely get to work. Essentially we have to either walk an extra 30 minutes along train tracks or walk in the road just to access the street my office is on.

A few years ago you watched me buy my one bedroom condo (that was a great day wasn’t it?). Now that I’m married my husband and I would like to upgrade to something a little bigger, but you’re stopping us from doing that.

We can’t afford a mega-home or even some of the condos out there. Even if we decided to sell and start renting a house we couldn’t do that as you have made rental vacancies scarce and outrageously priced.

We would like to still be able to eat after paying the rent/mortgage.

I’m just trying to figure out what I did to make you dislike me so much. It’s pretty clear that you’d rather be with others that can inflate your ego rather than with me who has stood by you for three decades.

It’s sad really. This means we will have to move on from each other and I will have to find another community to start a meaningful relationship with.

We laughed, we cried, and we grew up together. I suppose it’s inevitable that we’d grow apart, too. I just thought it would be amicably. At least we have memories.

Take care Richmond, I’ll miss you.

Susan Letendre

Richmond (for now)

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