Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 6, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
14 THE UTHBRIDGE HIRAID Friday, April 6, 1973 Many residents in city centre want to remain By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer 'A majority of the residents the phase two downtown redevelopment area want to continue living in the area, a University of Lethbridge sur- vey shows. A full 55 per cent of people in 124 "households" contacted in the survey by U of L sen- ior geography students indi- cated a desire to return to live in the area after rede- occurs. The 13 students who con- ducted the survey found a total of 142 households, rang- ing from a single family dwelling to a rooming-house room, and were able to ob- tain information from 124 of them. In the process they talked to 160 adults and 23 children. From these figures they es- timated a total permanent population of about 200 in the area west cf 5th Street be- tween 1st and 4th Avenues. Qffocial census figures put the total closer to 300, but the census is taken in mid- winter when the transient population is likely to be larg- er. The survey also found the area is predominately popu- lated by older retired men, with 85 per cent of the peo- ple questioned male and 51 per cent retired. Besides the 55 per cent who want to stay in the area, an- other 13 per cent want to stay close to downtown, while 28 per cent said they were uncertain or didn't cara where they lived following re- development. The students found four people who had lived in the area for more than 50 years, 52 per cent of the resi- dents have Eved there for 10 years, or more. Of those who had lived in the area less than 10 years, 40 per cent moved there from Eeighbor- ing areas in central Leth- bridge white 28 per cent were from outside the city. The most common type of living quarters in the area are rooming houses, inhabited by 59 per cent of the survey population, a further 14 per cent lived in hotels. Other accomniodafion was single family house, 12 per cent, apartment, 5 per cent, suite above businesses 5 per cent, and one per cent in the "other" category which in- cluded two little sui'es in the fire hall. A majority of residents said they liked living in the area because it was central and close to downtown, and rent was cheap. Other desir- able qualities listed close, to work, close to friends, close to good transportation. Some 32 per cent said they could find no undesirable qualities about their neigh- borhood. Of these who had complaints, 43 per cent listed poor condition cf their dwelling. 32 per cert said there was too much noise and traffic, 14 per cent said the neighborhood was in poor condition, while 10 per cent sad taxes or rent were too high. Apartments were the ac- commodation preference cf 32 per cent cf the people, fol- lowed by public housing, 18 per cent and senior citizen housing with facilities to pre- pare their own msals with 14 per cent, followed by sin- gle family home, 11 per cent. senior citizen lodge, sue per cent, and rooming house five per cent. Dr. George Zieber. acting chairman of the U of L geo- graphy department, said the survey showed many of the people wanted to get out of their rooming houses but inta a similar type of accommo- dation with improved living conditions. "There are a number of ethnic groups in this area, for example, the people in the Hungarian Hall, that are very close-knit and I don't think they should be spit he said. He suggested apartment or row housing with some type of community facility should bs built for them allowing them to contiraie to have their own social life, and to be able to invite outside peo- ple in on occasions. "So many of these peop'e are old and they want a little room to have privacy, but they also want to be close ta their friends and dose enough to walk downtown." Dr. Zieber said his students found many of the people they interviewed were very lonely, eager to talk to someone and ready to tell them their life history. Strike no excuse ior low marks, principal says Good, bad points of city surveyed Parks and recreation faci- lities and downtown got the bouquets in a University of Lethbridge survey in which 68 people were asked to name the city's focal points. And. according to the sur- vey undertaken by a class of senior geography students, the railroad tracks are the city's biggest black eye. Residents from all areas of the city were asked to draw their own of the city showing locations they thought most important in the mid- March study. Dr. George Zaeber. whose students carried out the study as a planning exercise, said recreation and prominent garden areas such as Hen- derson Lake were high on tha list of positive factors named by most citizens. Dr. Zieber, acting chairman of the U of L geography huge stones be- tween which the wheat is rubbed. The relatively slow speed sale of certain lands except for the continued use of agri- culture, Dr. Jones claims leg- islation is the right way to approach the problem of a dwindling agricultural land base. He even thinks the sale of small acreages of land r.aar cities is wrong and that it should be stopped. He says this type of problem can be best handled through farm or- ganisations. With the season for corn seeding fast approaching this month. Stan Freyman, corn specialist at the Lethbridge Research Station and mem- ber the Albsrta Own Com- mittee, says about acres of grain corn will be pro- duced in Southern Alberta ifl 1973. This is about half the total needed to supply International Distillers Canada Ltd. in Leth- br.dge. This means if aQ grain corn production from Southern Albsrta is used by the distillery, production from acres will have to be purchased from ths U.S. Dr Freyman says about acres of silage corn will bs grown in the area tbJs year, doubling the produc- tion from 1972. Foster reviews proposal for university theatre Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON The minis- ter of advanced education said Thursday officials in his department are reviewing a proposed million theatre- auditorium for the univer- sity of Lethbridge. John Anderson (SC-Leth- bridge east) asked in the leg- islature if a decision has been reached on the proposed 400-seat facility. The minister, Jim Foster, said "I have not had the op- portunity of reading ths in- timation from Lethbridge and I have asked the officials of the department responsi- ble for capital development to it and bring it forward to me for recommendation." Mr. Anderson asked if the theatre would qualify as a "minor project to meet the immediate needs of the uni- versity" or as a "major long- term project." The minister said "Any project that involves the ex- penditure of about mil- Hoc is in my opinion a major capital project." Gotft is cautious on land-use rules o5 the stone grinders docsnt effect parts of the kernel ad- versely as in dher flow pro- cc-sing sPcwing the rntirc iji.Ktkffl of ihc kernels lo be passed on to the ficmr. The plant now produces about four tons of stone- ground! flour each day but in one year, production should be increased to 25 tons per day, says Mr Schaf- fer Ik-raid Legislature Bureau EDMONTON7 Tha Alber- ta government is stepping lightly to avoid the kind of protest that met British Col- umbia's land-use regulations, Premier Lougheed told the legislature Thursday. Alberta land-use regula- tions were suggested by the in response to a Feb. 23 demonstration at the legislature against Hutterilc and corporate land holdings. The premier said a three- land-use forum has not been appointed and "It Crash victim still critical A Grairum woman remains in critical condition today in Calgary Foothills Hospital, following a traffic accident north of Fort Mactoad Mion- c'ey. Mrs. Mary Erisbj. a pas- fcnpcr ia her husband's car. received undetermined head injuries when their car, north- bound on Highway 2. was sn coffswn wilh a horse The Srisby car wwi out of control, crossed the centre line, and was in colli- sion with a southbound half- ton track, driven by Orsen F. of Cairdrtoji. Alfred Brisby, driver of the car. is in fair today in Macfeod Municipal Hospi- tal. will be well into the summer months before the land-use fcruai has been established." It is doubtful public bear- ings will ha scheduled by the fall, he added. In response to the demon- stration in February headed by the Vulcan Chamber of Commerce, the legislature threa wesks ago passed a resolution for the forum. The British Columbia gov- ernment faced a demoosira- tior, of angry farmers by in- troducing legislation to cre- ate a land commission with powers to regulate any land in that province. Lcighton Buckwell (SC- Macfeod) asked whether Al- berta's minister of agricul- ture. Hugh Homer, win be "expert and adroft" in an- swering questions about land restrictions as B.C. Agrical- Uire Minister Dave was on a recent television pro- gram. Premier Lougheed said "JI haven't any doubt... but I'a> a'tso quite confident that Ibe minister of agriculture in this province wiH not get hnnseK inta the box that the mMsteT oi agriculture in B.C.'s jn Krptymg 'o former Sowed agriculture minister Henry ftuste, the pnankr saad there wail be orwfas- iDg farmer on Alberta's land study committee. He invited MLAs to appointments to three- member committee.