Whispers from the Westside: empty preschools
I’m toying with an idea for a new series on here…one that exposes the effect of real estate speculation on Vancouver’s neighbourhoods. Namely the Westside, where property prices have increased so dramatically, that most people are completely priced out of the area. As someone who grew up in Dunbar, which during my childhood was a quite idyllic (lots of kids playing in the parks, people shopping and eating in local establishments, neighbours getting together for block parties), I am consistently taken aback by how much things have changed.
When my daughter was three, I sent her to a little preschool at the Community Center near my childhood home. As I was going back to work full-time, my parents were helping to care for her and the preschool was right across the street from her house. At the time, preschools on the westside were SO difficult to get into. There were overnight line ups outside for registration, for goodness sakes. Luckily, we got in and it was a great experience.
Fast forward to yesterday when a friend of mine called to tell me that her friend is having a really hard time finding a preschool for her child on the Westside. Not because of long waiting lists, but because preschools are closing down due to lack of enrollment. Her explanation was that because of the decline in the amount of children residing in the neighbourhoods, preschools are being forced to shut their doors as they cannot afford to stay open!!
So…is there any truth to this? You tell me. Is this Whisper from the Westside fact or fiction?
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