Approximately 200 residents held a rally in Kitsilano Sunday to protest changes to Point Grey Road and other examples of what they call “wasteful infrastructure spending.”
Two years ago, residents along Point Grey Road supported measures that closed the street to all but local traffic but they are now concerned about the second phase of the city’s project.
The city plans to have the sidewalk on the north side of the street widened by more than a metre at a cost of over$6 million, money that the community organization Concerned Kitsilano Residents says would be better used elsewhere.
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“The millions should be redirected to communities and youth in need, not to the richest postal code in Canada,” rally organizer Fiona Brodie said.
They also say the city is wasting millions of dollars on upgrades to the Burrard Street Bridge and has failed to adequately consult the public on plans to build bike lanes on Commercial Drive and near the armoury on Beatty Street.
“We are upset because our communities are repeatedly not being consulted and when we speak up in majority numbers, our voices are ignored,” Brodie said.
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