This used to be a good neighbourhood – a sentence I hope not to be uttering in the next few years.
I am a lifelong resident of Sudbury. I grew up and live near Alexander Public School. I am a married 42-year-old engineer with kids who owns a three-bedroom house. Due to our latest child, I am planning significant renovations to my home. We figure it is cheaper to renovate than buy a new house in this market, plus we want to remain in the area.
This has always been a nice neighbourhood from when I was a child. There are not as many single-family homes as I would like, but the income properties have decent landlords who rent to decent people.
That being said, given our proximity to downtown and the explosion in homelessness there, I am concerned about where this neighborhood will be in five years. I have noticed the continuing encampments in Memorial Park and the growing presence of homeless in the area.
In recent weeks, I have seen them spill into this area. I have seen people sleeping in O’Connor Park where kids play. I have seen them going through the garbage and throwing it everywhere on Riverside. My neighbour found a man in his backyard and had to chase him away, later discovering a needle.
My concern is the city is not doing enough to at least contain the problem. With the arena moving out downtown (a totally stupid idea), I am very concerned things will get worse. They have this year.
I would like to remain in my house until I retire in 20 years. However, if things are going to decline, I have reservations about investing my money in this community and for the safety of my family.
What is the city going to do about this? I would like assurance (not political speak if possible) that my investment will not go to waste and property value will not decline over time (my property taxes certainly aren’t).
I don’t usually involve myself in local politics, but if I feel the direction of this city is not correct, I will. That being said, I expect solutions from elected officials.