One man’s junk is treasure

Art is in the eye of the beholder, and should be appreciated and not attacked, says reader.

To the Editor,

Re: No praise for industrial ‘junk’, Letters, July 18.

I would like to address the letter in Yesterday’s Alberni News in regards to the complaint towards “industrial junk.” First of all, art is in the eye of the beholder and if the author of that letter finds the downtown core such an eyesore, perhaps he should cast his eyes in another direction?

Second, I applaud the efforts of the owner of that “certain restaurant” for the effort he has put into trying to revitalize this area. The fact that someone has come in from out of town and looked upon an area of this town that most residents have given up on, and sees potential here says a lot about forward thinking.

This should be appreciated and not attacked.

Third, the patio “gobbled up” two parking spaces, not four. Perhaps this naysayer needs to take a closer look at what it is he complains about.

As someone who has patronized that “certain restaurant” since it opened, I can safely say the impact on parking in the area has been negligible. I’m willing to bet there was someone kicking up a fuss when Chemainus decided to paint their murals.

This city will begin to move forward when people stop being constantly negative and start supporting those members who are willing to think outside the box.

Garry Wells,

Port Alberni