In September I was sad to see another iconic Victoria business shut down as BC's oldest bakery, Willie's Cafe closed it doors for good. We must strive to have a downtown that works for everyone. Accessibility for cyclists and transit routes but plenty of parking as well. Commercial tax rates that support residents but don't drive away business. Public art and beautification efforts that attract tourists and locals alike while respecting tax payer dollars and avoiding wasteful expenditures like $50,000 on musical parkade stairwells or the $120,000 spent on the Rock & Shell sculpture outside the Save-on-Foods Arena.
We all want a livable and accessible downtown with clean streets and vibrant character. Let's make that a priority on October 20th.