Originally Posted by Metro-One
I was going to mention that Winnipeg is adding a bunch more LCD screens downtown along with other lighting effects. I often compared vancouver to larger cities but we can also compare ourselves to much smaller cities that are creating vibrant atmospheres. Go through my posts, i have talked this issue to death, then read the replies. The main reason why we do not have such an atmosphere is that people move into the new towers downtown (knowing fully that Robson, Granville and other such streets have historically been the primary entertainment and commercial streets in metro Vancouver) near these commercial areas and then complain. Pretty much they want it both ways, they want to be close to everything but also have the peace and quiet of a rural suburb. As i have stated many times before the entire downtown core does not need to be a buzz, and if you want to have it both ways then move into the towers downtown away from the primary commercial streets. Some people on this forum even believe it is their right to not have to close their blinds living downtown when they go to sleep! To me that is the same as someone moving to the suburbs for the peace and quiet but then demanding bus service every 5 minutes in front of their house. The good news is it looks like Richmond could pick up the entertainment slack downtown in the years to come. They are very pro-active it seems in lighting and screen displays and building entertainment and shopping venues. I also wish Metrotown would build put up some LCD screens and other lighting effects, for we have the basic pieces in place to become a good entertainment district as well. OK, end rant, and now i have poked the bee hive again
Hey Metro-One. I agree with you. I do believe that the city needs to concentrate on certain areas of the city and make them "festival" or "cultural" or "commercial" (whatever it is) so that people know that's the place to be for a particular 'event' (for lack of a better term). What I don't understand is why is the city building condos everywhere? If we need designated areas (i.e. Granville St for example), then why would the city build condos there, and expect to "liven up" the area? Livening up an area would mean bringing in (or at least people would be attracted to that area, hang out, etc) people, and bringing people means more noise. And the opposite is true too, in that, if condos are being built at a particular location where it has a tendency to be a bit noisy, well, I guess that's a part of urban living. Not to say that the city (or the businesses for that matter) should just disregard those who live around the area, but there has to be some solution to the problem, right?
I also agree that Richmond does have great potential (maybe because I live here, someone else might want to add on this to balance perspective) in becoming an entertainment district
only time will tell if whatever the city of Richmond is thinking of, will come to fruition. Although, because of the economy, we may have to wait a few years.
Thanks for your "rant"