An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.
ANOTHER TRANQUILLE ROAD store has been broken into, its front door smashed open.
Coincidentally, City council discussed a plan yesterday for an upgrade to the Tranquille Road shopping corridor.
The last major streetscaping there was done 50 years ago. Improvements will include getting rid of the unattractive tree planters, installing benches, fixing up sidewalks and improving pedestrian sightlines.
The North Shore BIA, understandably, promotes the idea because it will make the shopping zone more inviting. The BIA is, however, being overly optimistic about possible impacts on social issues and street crime.
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC Today, publishes the ArmchairMayor.ca opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at email@example.com.