Diversity should be welcomed

What if I, a longtime citizen of Oak Bay, actually like some of these modern houses being built?

I have some questions for the 20 angry protesters targeting certain projects in South Oak Bay. What if I, a longtime citizen of Oak Bay, actually like some of these modern houses being built?

What if I personally, and this is only an opinion of my tastes, like that new house on Transit Road? What if I actually find it a refreshing break from the fake hardi-plank heritage that seems to be in vogue with other developments? What if I bought my home in Oak Bay having never had the illusion that I might be in England?

Will those 20 angry citizens allow me to happily coexist amongst them? Am I welcome here or is there no place for pluralism and variety in this community?

There are many gated communities with strict design guidelines governing the look of each house – is this the goal of the angry protesters? Perhaps there are others in the community that feel as I do; should we ban fake heritage houses?

On a side note, I clearly remember the rage over the proposal for the Penny Farthing Pub.

The fears were many, mostly involving drunkeness in the streets, puking in the lanes, bikers, etc. I smile every time I walk in and see the cross-section of my diverse community enjoying each others’ company.

Ed Lien

Oak Bay