Friday, April 2, 2010

A final thought on April Fools Day 2010

In case you missed it, CBC’s The Early Edition did a fascinating story on April 1st about a proposed new floating community in False Creek and the Port Moody waterfront. (It would be in FC in the summer, and PM in the winter.) It was anchored by the Expo 86 McDonalds Barge, which would serve as the community centre.

I didn’t catch all the discussion, but did listen to Mayor Trasolini and former City Planner Larry Beasley speaking in support of the proposal. The mayor of Vancouver was scheduled to speak as well.

As I listened to Trasolini and Beasley articulating all the benefits of the proposal, contrary to their true personal convictions, (Beasley as always was particularly eloquent), I couldn’t help but think how good both planners and politicians are at supporting any position with a deep sense of conviction, regardless of their personal views.

It got me thinking....It seems that almost everyday is now April Fools Day, especially when it comes to the planning of False Creek and BC Place precinct, the need for rental housing programs, iconic taller buildings and view corridors, and housing solutions for the homeless.

Of course, I’m just being a fool!

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