LETTERS – There is no advocate for heritage in Kamloops

Bulman house on Battle Street. (Image: Mel Rothenburger.)

I agree with Mel Rothenburger about the loss of our heritage in Kamloops. But he should know that the Kamloops Heritage Commission and the Kamloops Museum are departments of the City so will not go against the City (Council) and its relationship with the Kelson Group and their plans.

The Kamloops Heritage Society is an organization created to manage St. Andrew’s on the Square — they are biting the dust. So there is no advocate for heritage in the city.


Your column today (Dec. 7, 2021) regarding “Heritage Houses” reflects an antiquated view of urban development.

One would think that the recent natural disasters that have struck our province would have enlightened you to the risks posed by unbridled urban sprawl; suburban sprawl and sub – suburban sprawl.

The more we spread out, the more we risk wild fires, flooding, contamination, denuded and despoiled public areas, strained public utility systems and the joy of spending more time in traffic in our fuel gobbling pickup trucks.

Not a good recipe for the future.

We have to make cities work for everyone, and that means evolving and adding density to save what little land we have left that hasn’t been exploited by our economic system.  And providing people in those denser areas with the appropriate access to recreation, arts and services.

If a few “relics” have to go – so be it.


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1 Comment on LETTERS – There is no advocate for heritage in Kamloops

  1. Sean McGuinness // December 8, 2021 at 2:16 PM // Reply

    Dear David. Well, I suppose one could tear up ancient Athens and erect a version of Scarborough all the name of “density” housing. What’s important to the Kelson group is the market value of their apartments/condos and the heritage houses are inconveniently located on prime real estate. No problem. We can simply move Rome so that folks in their condos can have expansive views of the river.

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