Well if this comment does not typify the Victorian attitude I don’t know what does … sad, sad, so sad.
Re: "Museum's tower plans a step closer to approval," Feb. 18.
News that Victoria city council has sent the Royal B.C. Museum's redevelopment proposal to a future public hearing is welcome, but the fact that the council did this "with very little debate" is troubling.
The museum's plans are insensitive and grandiose, including three high-rise towers of 10, 12 and 14 storeys each, projected costs unknown. This is a museum staffdriven project of dubious public benefit during this difficult period of our history, with unsolved homelessness on our streets, high unemployment, falling real estate values, and ever-increasing residential property, HST, carbon and other taxes.
Museum staff and city council should have enough brains and sensitivity to realize that this is not the right to time to be proposing such an expensive and unnecessary empire-building project. I am confident that a significant majority of informed Victorians will participate in the public hearing with an urgent message: Council and the Royal B.C. Museum should both reprioritize and operate more frugally, within existing budgets, until such time as the homeless are properly housed, local employment figures improve and counterproductive tax increases are halted.
I don't know a single person that is clamouring for the museum to expand its operations. Victoria council should not approve the rezoning application which would allow these unnecessary high-rise towers to be built.
Gregory Hartnell Victoria
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That's pretty much every boilerplate, cliched Victoria-style complaint rolled into one.
"Homelessness and taxes are things that exist, so a 'tall' building shouldn't be allowed!"
Although it's crazy Gregory Hartnell (CCC candidate) so I'm not really surprised.