I was just trying to be original .......
My suggestion for the palm trees along the Granville Mall, and perhaps one or two other spots downton - on Georgia, for example - had two purposes.
First, because I think palms in themselves are exotic and beautiful, even if we are limited to only one or two hardy species here.
Secondly, (at least for people driving into town from back East) they give a "surprising" effect. People just don't belive they grow here!! I didn't believeit myself, until a smart horticulturalist developed the local version of the Chinese palm - the species that is native to China, and can withstand short bursts of very cold winter weather, much like we get here most years.
But also, deciduous tress are bare, black skeletons from November to March, and add nothing to the ambience of the mall, except a feeling of winter grey gloom on a rainy day. In addition, even here in Paris, where palm trees will grow here and there along side streets and in private gardens and parks, the trees lining the great avenues and boulevards are all deciduous or small evregreen.
This is offset by the splendid architecture, and here lies an important point.
Vancouver, not having a great architectural history, would, in my opinion, benefit from a dash of exoticism. It's a very pleasant city, but tends to be rather monotone architecturally.
We grow palms down at English Bay, and increasingly throughout the city. So why not downtown too, starting with the "new" Granville Mall? And - very importantly - I wasn't thinking ONLY palm trees, but clusters of them, accented by Mediterranean cypress trees, which are long and ponted, and have an "exotic" Southern European look, as in Italy and the south of France.
Palm tress, if tended carefully, can grow to a reasonable height, even in Vancouver, and they NOT just shrubbery if they are landscaped and tended properly.
But, as one reader succinctly put it, Vancouverites just can't "think outside the box" and follow the tried and true dull conventional style.
Heck, why don't we throw in the towel and use Toronto and Winnipeg as role models??
The Mall could be modelled after Yonge and Dundas, and we could use the same trees that they use in Winnipeg.
still under Paris skies