Originally Posted by jlousa
Except the study conducted by the city which shows ~80% of Vancouverites did not want changes to the view cones.
That study is meaningless.
What kind of answer a study generates depends on how the study frames
the question. The study you are referring to framed the issue in a negative
way. That is, the study emphasized what could be lost
, not what could be gained. Had the study framed the issue in a positive
way, i.e., had the study showed renders of downtown with a number of well-placed, architecturally superior buildings piercing the skyline (and thus the viewcones) against the backdrop of the mountains and then asked people if they would like their city and environment to look like this, 80% of Vancouverites would probably have said yes.
In fact, something similar to this happened last October during the Open Houses for Opportunities for Higher Buildings in Downtown, where the city displayed renders of generic higher buildings in downtown. Despite such open houses typically being dominated by anti-growth activists and the renders showing only generic massings rather than actual examples of beautiful architecture, 64.7% of the respondents supported the increase of maximum building heights in the CBD
. Only 30.8% opposed higher buildings.
Don't take my word for it though: See page 11 (and appendix D) of the city's report: http://vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/cclerk/...heDowntown.pdf
When Vancouverites are actually shown concrete depictions of the many beauties and benefits of eliminating (or intelligently relaxing) the viewcones, they will support the idea.