More and more people in Vancouver are bothered, bewildered and frustrated by a raft of buildings popping up all over town because they feel that City Hall is totally powerless and meekly bow to developers.
I was raised in a region where many towns are called New town of this or that. New compared to towns going back several centuries B.C. that grew haphazardly, while these new ones were planned and built within a relatively short time in the Middle Ages.
After the Second World War European and Asian towns that had been wiped out were rebuilt according to the diktats of various national governments. In other words there is in many other places a history of towns being built anew or drastically renovated according to the wishes of a political power that believed it was working for the common good. Developers had to follow strict rules or let someone else do it.
But here developers - with the best intentions in the world I am sure - run amok. They hide their plans from other developers and from the city, and there isn't any concern whatsoever about how good and liv-able the city at large will be.
J-L Brussac Coquitlam
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