LETTER: Make this a clean city

Taking a walk, I became aware how much stuff people throw out of car windows: beer cans, pop cans and bottles, fast food cartons ...

Taking a walk, I became aware how much stuff people throw out of car windows: beer cans, pop cans and bottles, fast food cartons – you name it!

What I noticed even more was how many yards were neglected,  especially the part of the city west of Gladwin, between Bevan and South Fraser Way. Most yards in that area are not large and would take only little time to look after. But sadly, most are neglected. The few flower beds that exist are full of weeds. The lawns, even before watering restrictions, looked pathetic – rarely cut, full of weeds, some even sprouting small trees.

Abbotsford is a city I like, and there are some nice streets, but the messy front yards, with cars parked on lawns and RVs parked on driveways, give the city a shabby appearance.

Some of the city properties fare no better. One only needs to look at the boulevard on the south side of Peardonville, between Bevan Crescent and Broadway – certainly not something that could stand as an example of beauty.

Maybe one reason for the neglect is that the city increases taxes on nice-looking properties, because these are assessed at a higher rate than neglected properties. Maybe a rebate of some taxes for clean, nice-looking properties would be appropriate. The city should do their part in keeping their areas looked after. We certainly would all benefit from a nice clean city.

Ed Pankratz

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