Writer didn't ask to be part of botanical arts city
| Posted: Wednesday, Dec 25, 2013 06:00 am
During the last municipal election, I was able to speak to our Mayor Nolan Crouse. I told him that I did not ask to be part of a botanical arts city and that we could not afford to live up to this grandiose description.
My beliefs are obviously well founded. The structures that are artistic – e.g. benches that are expensively artistic and not at all practical in our climate, that cost as much to repair as they are to purchase are just one example of the misguided label we have adopted. We live in a climate that is often prone to severe changes – who will be outside in minus 30 sitting on an artistically fragile bench – other than councillors in rose-coloured glasses? I am waiting for the tubs of poinsettias to be artistically straddled on the recently ripped up median of the St. Albert Trail – in the space where the plants no longer bloom.
We do not have the money to sustain this glorified image. My only personal relief is that hardly any members of council that were elected are ones for whom I voted. As I told our now re-elected mayor, a better title for our city is best described by an English expression. Fur coat and no knickers!
Elizabeth Allchin, St. Albert