Sunday, March 12, 2006

Dorothy Nealy: "When we heard of the city council's plans for the neighbourhood, we were horrified, we just screamed. They intended to put up high-rises all over here, like the West End. But the people that lived here, we just took up a petition. We got thousands and thousands of names. And we stopped them. [...] Because we were satisfied with our neighbourhood. But the people from outside came in, and told us we shouldn't have those houses, we should live in housing projects, we should live in high-rises. But what was wrong with living here? They didn't live here, I don't know what they were so worried about. As I said, I've lived here for 33 years. I wouldn't want to live anyplace else. But somebody comes over from Dunbar district, looking down their noses at this end of town. It's just like the Christians going to Africa, trying to convert you to Christianity when you already have your own tribal laws and religions and everything else. And that was their attitude when they came down here." (Opening Doors, 173).


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