Politicians rubbing stuff in your faces as (all) politicians like to do:
"For whatever reason, when they were created back in the '50s, they’re kind of interesting and cool and different than the usual things that we see."
from the Times-Colonist
For whatever reason. It's a mystery. Nobody knows for sure. We could speculate. We could theorize. Why would somebody bother to make something half-decently interesting instead of plain-Jane functional and bland? Maybe they didn't know they could take the cheap-and-easy route? Maybe they were too stupid to realize the cheap-and-easy route would be cheaper and easier? Maybe they foolishly believed Victoria was a city that was worthy of decent stuff? People back then were so stupid. People back then didn't understand how crappy Victoria really was. Today we know better.
My epistle to modern Victorians: you will continue to get crappy things until you start demanding good things again. Knocking the city down a few pegs has become so ingrained it's effectively an urban planning principle now.