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Dear Ed­i­tor: The Daily Courier must be­come a part­ner in so­lu­tions find­ing.

We are in a new cen­tury of city build­ing in Kelowna. This re­quires that our lo­cal me­dia de­velop sto­ries and lan­guage that en­cour­age col­lec­tive think­ing and en­gage­ment in de­ci­sion mak­ing in or­der to help this great city ad­vance.

We are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing pop­u­la­tion growth, real es­tate ex­pan­sion, and greater con­ges­tion on our roads than pre­vi­ous decades, pos­si­bly com­bined. This is a chal­lenge that city staff and coun­cil have been forced to wres­tle with and the sooner they find so­lu­tions, the less com­pli­cated and costly th­ese will be.

I take grave of­fence to the type of sen­sa­tional re­port­ing found in Ron Sey­mour’s “Kelowna de­clares war on your car” (Courier, Nov. 27). The head­line alone en­cour­ages peo­ple to get de­fen­sive, to claim a right to the roads and costly in­fra­struc­ture that is right­fully theirs as tax­pay­ers.

Well, as some­one who is in­ter­ested in re­duc­ing con­ges­tion on our roads; who is in­ter­ested in more ef­fi­cient and di­verse modes of trans­porta­tion; and who val­ues more in­te­gra­tion be­tween trans­porta­tion and land use in de­ci­sion mak­ing about our fu­ture city, I for one (and likely on be­half of many) de­mand greater nu­ance, sen­si­tiv­ity, and over­all so­phis­ti­ca­tion in re­port­ing on th­ese com­plex mat­ters. If even a brief Google search was done on trans­porta­tion and cities, Ron would have found that other cities across Canada and the world are ad­vanc­ing di­verse modes of trans­port around and across cities and re­gions.

This is the re­al­ity of 21st-cen­tury city build­ing. City staff world­wide are proac­tively build­ing best prac­tices and find­ing creative so­lu­tions that are not only re­duc­ing con­ges­tion, but are also build­ing con­nec­tiv­ity, af­ford­abil­ity, and the busi­ness case for more com­plete and healthy neigh­bour­hoods and com­mu­ni­ties.

Please Daily Courier, do your due dili­gence in ad­vanc­ing the dis­course around th­ese im­por­tant is­sues at this sen­si­tive time. Play the role you need to be play­ing — re­port­ing in a neu­tral and un­bi­ased man­ner, so that we can all re­solve to look for op­por­tu­ni­ties that en­cour­age and ac­cel­er­ate Kelowna’s tran­si­tion into the re­al­i­ties of the 21st cen­tury or at least sup­port those that are. Ali­son Shaw Kelowna

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