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Who remembers the letter of 2010 written by a disgruntled St. Albert resident about the fear of possible low income housing being built here? I enclose a couple of memorable lines from that letter.

“We moved to St. Albert because we can afford it and we deserve it. The children of St. Albert are high-standard children and have no place for low-income classmates.”

So you can imagine my surprise when I read River’s Gate new advertising campaign.

“Most people don’t require a gated community. You’re not most people. Get in the gate.” This is almost as good as the memorable “Privilege has its place” saying that Regency Heights employed in advertisements when they were selling lots.

Being a longtime St. Albert resident I am curious to know what makes living in our community so dangerous. Do new subdivisions require gates to keep the riff raff out or perhaps within their privileged confines? How about those threatening ungulates whose wildlife corridor has been destroyed by the wall of conspicuous consumption?

St. Albert is the oldest settlement in Alberta; our history and natural beauty of the Sturgeon River valley are what drew my family here 30 years ago. Trying to sell us as an expensive enclave for only the wealthy is not what this community is about.

A. Campbell, St. Albert


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