Letters to the Editor

Chinese-only signs do not make city a better place


Re: “People make Steveston historic,” Letters, April 16.

Letter-writer Lee Blanding, self-styled “relatively new resident in Richmond,” could have given a refreshingly new perspective on Richmond, Steveston and Chinese only signs, but instead said only that we have real problems but offered no insight into solving them.

He did take the predictable way out by saying that “concerned citizens are being made to look like bigots” when they question the Chinese-only signs in our city.  The boundaries of Richmond have shrunk considerably for those citizens who don’t speak a Chinese language, originally in the north end of No. 3 Road but now on Steveston Highway, Garden City Road and residential streets with signs advertising town homes in a Chinese language only. This would suggest that the builders only want Chinese owners so others need not apply.

Those citizens who have lived in Richmond for more than 25 years are sickened by what has happened to those lovely neighborhoods, which were ideal for raising families and are now a succession of monster homes with apparently no occupants, sterile places with no heart and soul.

Similarly the city centre used to be a pleasant place to visit and stroll around with nice restaurant, interesting and unique shops, but is now a nightmare of rushing people and hectic traffic with citizens trying to go somewhere else as fast as possible With more high-rises for the downtown core, Richmond will make Manhattan, Hong Kong and Vancouver’s West End pea green with envy—we would surely win the title of “the most people squeezed into the smallest area possible.”

In case Blanding thinks we are a bunch of Luddites we understand that change is inevitable but with change we would hope for improvements and Chinese-only signs, among others, are not considered improvements.

Alan Halliday


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