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Where is civic pride?

Have you walked Bernard Avenue recently? Do you take your visitors for a stroll downtown? Is it any longer your favourite destination?

I suspect not, as having walked along the lakeshore from the Rotary Marshes to Bernard and up one side and down the other, I was appalled. I remember when Kelowna took such pride in its downtown and made sure the flowers flourished and the street looked its best for our summer season. 

What I discovered was a litter strewn street, cigarette butts everywhere, graffiti covering electrical boxes, grubby, thoroughly disorganized tables and chairs on a string of patios, many empty and cabled together, patchy grass in the rare places it had survived, and several construction sites – including the new, unsightly and in my view unnecessary, tourist centre that, other than a hard-to-find gravel path, has made no attempt remove construction debris or beautify itself to be ready for our tourist season. 

Really – is this the best we can do? Where is our civic pride? It is a great sadness to see our beautiful city ignore its main street. 

Sharron Simpson, Kelowna

 



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