Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion - Rosanna Can­dler - Re­porter

EV­ERY Monday when I drive home along Oceanic Drive for din­ner with my fam­ily, I like to amuse my­self by count­ing the “say no” signs skew­ered in the mid­dle of sprawl­ing, un­used front lawns. I had an idyl­lic child­hood in City Beach. Not be­cause of the quar­ter­acre blocks or mul­ti­mil­lion­dol­lar homes with per­fectly man­i­cured gar­dens – but be­cause I could cy­cle five min­utes to the beach, eat fish and chips watch­ing the sun­set and walk to my lo­cal pri­mary school each morn­ing. To those res­i­dents who rant and rave at ev­ery Cam­bridge Coun­cil meet­ing: how could you sug­gest that other chil­dren not be af­forded the same op­por­tu­nity to grow up in such a beau­ti­ful place? My par­ents would love to re­tire and in­tro­duce grand­chil­dren to their beloved City Beach. You know what? For the life of me, I can­not re­mem­ber the last time our big cor­ner-block front yard did any­thing other than grow weeds.

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