I went out for a walk today and was shocked by the little billboard propped up by the crosswalk announcing a proposal for “land development” (more like nature destruction) of some measurement of 60,000 units. To me, that’s scary.
I grew up in Victoria. There were many parks, beaches and farms that I enjoyed in the 80s, and when I moved away to the bustle of the lower mainland, I soon grew to, frankly, hate it. So I moved to Lake Cowichan; long story short, I am now happy residing in Duncan.
The sign on the corner boasted, “coffee shop, ample parking, grocery store, liquor store, drug store…” Well, living down just a block away, I find it convenient enough to hop on the No. 2 bus for 20 minutes and go downtown to get most of my appointments and errands done. It’s a joy to make an afternoon of it and then have a treat at the Tin Cup or Garage for sustenance.
The Municipality of North Cowichan does not need to make a freeway out of Cowichan Lake Road with a new gas station and multiplex for quick stops. I find the traffic around my residence busy enough as is. We already have a Walmart and a Superstore.
That would also be putting the stores there already out of business.
I firmly and truly believe that we should just leave the trail untouched. I’m all for progress and change, where it is due. But I so enjoy the quiet, nature, trees, fresh air and water — that will always take priority for me, and I hope it will resonate with many people too.