Time to focus on rest of Maple Ridge

Letter writer says for a vibrant downtown council has to turn its attention away from 224th Street.

Editor, The News:

Earth to Maple Ridge council and ‘The Vibrant Downtown Task Force.’

Coun. Corissa Bell is correct when she says, “Taxpayers feel neglected.”

Coun. Mike Morden is right, too, when he says: ‘We don’t need another study.”

The downtown report “recommends a place making, attractive, interesting, vibrant, well functioning, public space.”

Don’t we already have that in Memorial Peace Park and the bandstand?

Also a place for “engaging the community in arts, culture and creativity.”

Doesn’t that describe the ACT?

Taxpayers all over Maple Ridge have their property taxes go up on average at least $100 every year and council concentrates on a “vibrant downtown.”

If Maple Ridge wants to progress, council has to tear its eyes away from 224th Street and turn its attention outward.

We’re being outclassed by Pitt Meadows and Mission.

Council has to face facts: most shopping is done in Pitt Meadows, Port Coquitlam and Coquitlam, and that will remain until Maple Ridge loses its small town mentality.

The result being property taxes will rise and rise.

I’ve lived in west Maple Ridge for 25 years and there is still not a school that can be walked to.

Cherryl Katnich

Maple Ridge