Losing Arli tears at Alberni’s social fabric

To the editor,

Re: Alberni’s Arlington Hotel Pub closing for good, www.albernivalleynews.com.

Is losing the Arli a sign we’re losing our social fabric?

Where are people going to get together and share good times and bad? A packed pub scene is the mark of a socially and economically vibrant community.

I think there is a common thread running through our daily tragedies.  Whether it is drunk driving and car accidents, long commutes robbing us of family time, gas and fuel prices causing recession, record personal debt levels, climate change, is it all our car’s fault?

Perhaps we can make this an opportunity.  How can we make it easier to just jump out to the pub for a beer without fear of fine or accident.  For the cost of five beers a year to taxpayers could we extend transit to the Creeks and Lake and make it completely free?

Or how about stopping the subdivision creep on the outskirts of the city and grow from within to densify and beautify what we have.

Maybe the city’s local watering holes and restauranteurs could get together over a cold one to brainstorm some others before more shutters go up?

Chris Alemany,

Alberni Valley Transition Town