Development no guarantee

The push to encourage development around UFV reminds me of the letter “Little gem is ignored” (Aug. 19/11). I sincerely hope our city leaders pay attention to the important concept of location.

The push to encourage development around UFV reminds me of the letter “Little gem is ignored” (Aug. 19/11).  I sincerely hope our city leaders pay attention to the important concept of location.

While it is difficult to pinpoint why one area attracts public interest when another does not – sometimes the reasons are intangible – we would save time and money recognizing that it is a reality.

For years now our city has pumped money and concrete edifices into the area surrounding city hall. While there is traffic entering and leaving buildings, few warm bodies remain to enjoy the greenery – even that not hidden by fences.

The area appears to lack the ‘spark’ needed to command visitors’ interest.

Compare that to Abbotsford’s old downtown. The buildings may be in constant flux – some new, some old, some being painted, some needing paint – but the area is bustling with humanity and attracts attention.

From what I hear, it always has, regardless of macro financial highs and lows.

As we head into leaner economic times, locations that attract are more important than ever.

The idea that tax dollars can draw people to an area does not always prove to be true – so before our leaders consider signing more cheques, I hope they research whether the money will provide results.

“Build and they will come” is not a guarantee.

Regina Dalton