kaitlynjulien 
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Re: “Manufactured Slum

This article is absolutly ridiculous as well as simply inaccurate. I picked up the Coast this morning at my regular Highfield bus stop on my way to work, as I do any other regular day and seen the response to this article. I immediately looked up the original article when I got to work and was appalled. It literally made me sick to my stomach. I have been living in the Highfield/Pinecrest area for nearly 2 years with my boyfriend. We are both full time workers, And soon to be students working on futhering our positions in life. As if to call a neighborhood a "manufactured slum" isn't bad enough, But did they even bother to really ask the people of the community how they felt? I don't remember being asked my opinion? So no, They just assumed. Assuming does simple nothing more than to make an "Ass" out of yourself. And as a past tense respectable newspaper as yourself, I expected more from you. My story is that I moved to Primrose a year ago then later relocated to Highfield because I wanted a bigger place. Not because I am a single mother, Not because I am on social assistance, Not because I"m a trouble maker, Simple because I am a 20 year old female living with my boyfriend just starting out. I love it here, And if it counts for anything I'm originally from Waverley. I've had no problems in this area whats so ever, The people are always friendly and willing to help out in anyway possible. To say that it's a dangerous place and that you can't saftey walk the street at night is laughable. I mean, Can you really say that it's a 100% safe to walk anywheres at 2-3 in the morning? Why are you walking outside at 3 in the morning in the first place if your not looking for trouble. This goes for any community so to pin point Pinecrest-Highfield is basically over looking your own community. I'm sure if I had went for a walk at 3am in Waverley I would have ran into some type of trouble as well. Intoxicated people not in there mind state, Or just plain old simple people out looking to stir up some drama. It's 3am people? Let's get serious. Pinecrest-Highfield is as normal as any other neighborhood, I can walk to get groceries, I can wait for the bus, I can even take the bus home. Really what I'm trying to get at is that this article is highly offensive, And I thought more or The Coast then to print something false as this. I've defenatly changed my opinion on this newspaper and I lost a lot of respect for it. It really did a awesome job at pointing fingers at the people of these communities. I think it was once said to not point your fingers at others, Especially when your hands aren't that clean themselves. I mean really, To say that everyone who lives here is on social assistance, A single mother, Or a trouble maker just isn't a true statement at all. And to say that you can " Get in but you can't get out" is an ignorent remark, There are plenty of university/college students as well as first time on there own couples/people who are living in this community simple because it's got a place for you to stay, And it's on the bus route to schools and jobs. My advice for you guys is to next time do your thorough research and interviewing before posting in your news paper something as inccorect as this article. - Kaitlyn Julien, Dartmouth NS

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Posted by kaitlynjulien on 04/21/2011 at 4:02 PM

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