Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Rainbow sidewalk is pretty but not green

Rainbow sidewalk at Thurlow and Davie Streets

One of the promises on which Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson was elected was to make his city the greenest in the world. But how is painting sidewalks green?

Sure, it's pretty, but is it necessary? When streets were marked with plain lines, we still managed to cross. This paint job will have to be redone often. I wonder who has that lucrative contract.

And wouldn't it be greener to plant something, or replace high maintenance plants with ones that require less care and water? It seems to be a sign of our times: replacing meaningful action with slick publicity campaigns.

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