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Could Vancouver be safer at night?

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CityCaucus.com is proud to present another guest editorial writer. Sandra Chamberlain-Snider is a native of the Lower Mainland, a happily married mother of three kids, and a recent graduate of UBC (English Literature). Sandra hails from a political family -- her dad was once a speech writer for Premier Bill Bennett. Welcome, Sandra!

Neighbourhoods should commit to better lighting

walking-at-night.jpgI think there is a real opportunity to enhance the livability of Vancouver beyond the daylight hours. The success of a great community lay in its citizens being able to live, work, shop, play and raise families within walking distance if they choose.

The wonderful situation here is we have many neighbourhoods that exemplify this. The problem with most of them is poor street lighting that makes a car essential for not only nighttime activities, but any time our gray, rainy weather has blocked the sun. The visual security that comes with good lighting design brings people out to interact and expose the shadows that isolate us. I have never met some of my neighbours as they only leave their house through the car garage.


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