Re: "War memorial; Desecrated with graffiti" (Gazette, May 11).
Sad as the recent graffiti desecration of the Notre Dame de Grâce War Memorial was, the real explanation as to why it was is even sadder: The vandals just ran out of walls in the rest of N.D.G.
The last several years has seen N.D.G.'s physical appearance deteriorate rapidly. The crumbling streets, the defaced properties and, as summer approaches, a sea of weeds as far as the eye can see. A beautiful community is giving way to a slum.
Our politicians can devise every strategy and trick to ensure that police ticket every car that stops beyond the painted line, doesn't signal their turn sufficiently in advance or other high car crime but sit on their hands while N.D.G. turns ugly under the weight of this neglect.
Borough Mayor Michael Applebaum continues his war on the car by now reducing the speed limit on the main thoroughfares to 40 km/h to stop the "carnage" on our streets that we read about on a daily basis in The Gazette or is it to make it easier for the tax collectors to ticket cars (revenues must be dropping).
I wish they would put the same ingenuity into stopping this urban scourge. Instead of standing around for photo-ops with speed signs maybe our councillors could do something useful, like donning coveralls and getting to working removing graffiti. They could start with the War Memorial.
Notre Dame de Grâce