A dis­grace

Auckland City Harbour News - - Letters - SUE JA­COBS Mt Al­bert

I would back Pauline An­der­son (Har­bour News, April 16) up 100 per­cent. The state of the Mt Al­bert shops is a dis­grace.

Once, I walked past the chemist shop and said they should sweep up the mess out­side their door, the re­sponse was it was the coun­cil’s job to do it.

Well quite frankly where is the sense of re­spon­si­bil­ity, the sense of pride in your place of work, the sense of pride in your sub­urb and your city?

There are a few shops in Mt Al­bert that take pride in their ar­eas, mainly the real es­tate agents and Hells Pizza.

Do peo­ple not have any val­ues th­ese days? I know of some old ladies who are now get­ting afraid of shop­ping in Mt Al­bert. Go­ing down the rail­way un­der­pass with no lights is also fright­en­ing.

Un­for­tu­nately it is not only the shops that are a dis­grace.

I walk the streets of Mt Al­bert with ut­ter dis­may. If you read the book on the early days of Mt Al­bert you feel proud of the pi­o­neers who made the sub­urb what it was. They would turn in their graves at the con­di­tion the streets and houses are in to­day.

Many houses in Mt Al­bert are now rented out and it shows in their con­di­tion.

The land­lords take the money, but do not care about the gar­dens and gen­eral state of their in­vest­ments.

I feel like drop­ping leaflets in their let­ter­boxes urg­ing them to feel proud to be liv­ing in Mt Al­bert and Auck­land, the so-called Queen city, and mak­ing it beau­ti­ful, es­pe­cially with the com­ing world cup.

Can’t we stand up and show the world what a re­ally fab­u­lous place we live in? Frankly, it is a fal­lacy, es­pe­cially in Mt Al­bert.

I can­not be­lieve that some peo­ple are pre­pared to live in such ap­palling con­di­tions with no re­spect for them­selves or their neigh­bours.

It would be great if Pauline as a com­mu­nity board mem­ber could stand up and lead the way, get out there on the streets of Mt Al­bert and en­cour­age peo­ple to take own­er­ship and pride in their sub­urb.

I wish her well in her en­deav­ours.

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