London, Ontario

We Built This City
What do you love most about the city / town / place that you live in? What do you like the least about it? If you were mayor, what would be the most important problem you’d tackle? How would you tackle it?
What do I love most about my city? The convenience of where I live. I can take a bus to all of my Dr appointments. I can walk to the bank, drugstore or library. There was a link posted on fb to see what the walkability of your neighbourhood was and mine is 75%. The thing that I love and like the least are actually the same–neighbours. When Janet and I used to walk to our local coffee shop we would pass strangers on the sidewalk who would say hello because it’s that kind of neighbourhood. BUT it’s also a curse because neighbours keep an eye on what you are doing and then they discuss you with other neighbours. I have one of those nosey neighbours who is sure to tell me that I need to cut the grass or will phone when she doesn’t get a paper. You know the type…they mean well but you wish they would butt out!
We live in a neighbourhood with mature trees and it’s beautiful in the fall. We also live close to Labatt’s brewery so the smell is pretty overwhelming in the summer–and I can’t stand beer.

We just had an election last fall in Nov. We got a lot of young people on council and a fresh face for mayor. Currently they are bickering over whether we should have a Performing Arts Centre. Which they have been discussing since the mid 80s. Our downtown needs revitalizing but there are no easy answers. I actually avoid downtown because it’s kind of seedy.

When we move into an apartment we are still going to be in the same neighbourhood. There are many people from Mom’s church that live there so we would already know the community.
A city is the people that live there.

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