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There are no mansions in Akinsdale

It was nice to see opposing views side-by-side on the Arlington Drive issue. I live on Akins Drive and I would like to assure Genevieve McNab that there are not any mansions in this area. There is a need for low-income housing.

It was nice to see opposing views side-by-side on the Arlington Drive issue.

I live on Akins Drive and I would like to assure Genevieve McNab that there are not any mansions in this area. There is a need for low-income housing. We are at a critical point in the development of our St. Albert. Those outside Akinsdale may have good reason to push for more low-income housing in the Akinsdale area. What this will achieve is to point Akinsdale in the direction of a slum or at the very least a zone that is much less than the others. It is this type of inequality that often leads to lost pride, crime, etc.

What I like of St. Albert is the overwhelming sense of equality. In this regard we should try to develop low-income housing distributed equally. Further new developments should be encouraged to have a portion of land set aside for this. Finally the loss of parkland/green space is significant. Once this is given up it will be impossible to get it back.

It is my hope that my neighbours outside of Akinsdale will support distributed development and encourage the raising of the value throughout St. Albert.

Wayne Richardson, St. Albert




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