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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

File Under Bad Ideas

In case you didn't know, the B.C. government is planning to spend $458 million dollars to build a retractable roof on B.C. place. Maybe I'm biased because I consider B.C. place an outdated eyesore that should be torn down and replaced with an open air natural grass stadium (which could be done for less than $458 million), but it has to be a bad sign that I'm a big sports fan (and a bigger soccer fan - the soccer community is behind the upgrade, which seems unwise to me, B.C. place is a bad venue and artificial turf isn't right for serious soccer) and I consider this one of the worst uses of taxpayer dollars I've heard about in recent years.

Seriously, upgrade some more schools so they are earthquake proof, buy medical equipment to reduce waiting lists, buy some buses for municipal transit companies, replace the Pattullo bridge, - almost anything would be better than spending half a billion dollars putting a new roof on a crap stadium.

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2 Comments:

  • Declan--

    But if it didn't cost 500 million but instead was a more modest, say $75 million it apparently took to build BMO field in TO, well, how else to justify the Condo-Jacking of the surrounding public land?

    RossK

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    By Blogger Gazetteer, at 5:59 PM  

  • As corrupt governments go, the 'real estate developer' corrupt government (i.e. B.C. provincial government) beats the 'ideological jerks' government (see Conservative Party, federal) but it still has its drawbacks, two of which are, naturally, real estate giveaways to developers and overpriced public property development plans

    By Blogger Declan, at 1:29 PM  

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