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.