Dear Coast, I was both glad and a bit saddened by your recent article on the gentrification of the North End. I was glad to see this area of the city getting some attention, and that there is some acknowledgement that we need to talk about the development going on in the area. The North End of Halifax is full of amazing old houses, great bakeries, pubs, cafes, and even better people. It is an area rich with culture and humanity. I was saddened by the amount of anger that seems to be being expressed, though. I can understand that we as a community should not want the North End to become a whitewashed gentrified version of its current self, but we need to recognize that some development in the area may not be a bad thing; it may actually allow more local businesses in the area to stay afloat, and others to open as well. We need to get rid of the anger associated with these ‘new’ developments in the North End and find ways to help out in our communities to keep the older businesses running and keep the spirit of the area going strong. Communities are based on people, not buildings.It would also be nice to see us all able to get along better, regardless of what tax bracket we fall into. We need to stop equating monetary ‘success’ with lack of a soul and lack of monetary ‘success’ with the possession of a perfect one. Stop labeling each other so much and enjoy the potential connections you can make with other human beings in your own neighbourhood.
By Ryan MacLean