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Stereotyping the North End

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As a 35-year resident of West Kildonan and a customer of the Safeway at Polson and Main, I take exception to the negative views expressed by Rob Woods and Peter Kaufmann in your Oct. 24 story Sobeys expects store to sell.

Kaufmann, who at one time ran to be mayor of Winnipeg, says that no one would be interested in this property because "it isn't in the greatest location." Woods says people won't take the bus to nearby stores because they are afraid of being robbed at the bus stop.

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Such views are based on ignorance and negative stereotypes about the North End. In all our years living here -- and busing it -- we have never feared robbery or any other kind of harassment.

On the contrary, we have a great neighbourhood, where you are more likely to be offered help than ignored.

That said, it is a dismal prospect for many of our neighbours, especially those without vehicles, that the only other close full-service grocery store appears to be closing. Maybe someone local with a vision will land here.

KAREN ZOPPA

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 26, 2013 A16

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