Who voted for this ? Pity the poor residents of Vancouver, as we have been taken hostage by an idiotic city council that is causing great (and possibly irreversible) damage to everything they touch. For readers who may not live here, you cannot imagine the rapid decline in the quality of our public boulevards, parks and even the beaches.
There is a directive from someone at city hall to not mow , weed, water or even pretend to maintain our many boulevards and big chunks of parks. Supposedly, it is a ‘cost-cutting’ idea. Hmmmm….I thought we paid property taxes for a reason. With an incredible building boom happening here, the city coffers have a never-ending bonanza of cash pouring in and should not be ‘cost-cutting’ at all.
Some people already know about our last minute salvation of the fabulous Bloedel Conservatory, which very nearly closed a year ago. This ‘cost-saving’ was pegged at 250,000.00 a year. At the same time, it was no problem to find 25 million dollars for ‘temporary’ bike lanes that are widely despised and completely vacant anytime I’ve ever seen them. I am not kidding.
People visiting Vancouver expect to see a tidy, modern city, full of parks and ‘English-style’ hedges and green lawns. They used to. They liked it. You only get one chance to make a first impression.
Now, a weedy, skunk-infested weed patch waits to announce that the spirit of pride in our neighbourhoods has been snuffed out, en masse.
Even worse (for me) is the fact that I voted for this council. I am horrified at what these few people have forced upon this city . The latest concept to launch from the Romper Room mentality of our civic daycare is to grow wheat in your front yard.
Nice for the rats and mice that you can’t poison anymore.