June 23, 2005

Wreck Beach Whiners

The amount of complaining from the Wreck beach hippies about the residence towers being built by UBC is starting to piss me off. Their main argument seems to me to be that the towers will ruin the all natural skyline from the beach. The latest Georgia Straight has an article on Wreck beach with the following caption under the headline picture, "With the city's skyline out of sight, Wreck evokes the land as it was before Europeans arrived." Sure, that is if you can ignore the tugs pulling huge piles of woodchips and log booms out of the Fraser river or any of the other abundant and obvious signs of modern inhabitation.

One of the controversial towers is already up and I couldn't see it from my sunbathing position at the high-tide line. I don't think that particular tower is the one that will be closest to the beach, but I can't imagine that whatever does end up poking over the treetops will be nearly as ugly or intrusive as the power boats that pull up to the beach in the summer or the helijet passing over head.

Posted by bforsyth at June 23, 2005 01:23 PM

stop your effin' whining.. at least you have a decent beach that isn't an all-day expedition to get to. for a coastal city, the 'fax is pretty well beach-free. I guess this'll be good for not getting skin cancer this year.

Posted by: r. at June 23, 2005 01:36 PM

I thought the major complaint was that the towers would be able to see the beach.

Posted by: grant at June 23, 2005 02:37 PM

I don't think that they really care if the towers can see the beach, the main problem seems to be with being able to see the towers from the beach, http://www.wreckbeach.org/Wreck%20Beach%20Vancouver%20Canada_files/June%209th%20Press%20Release.pdf

Posted by: ben at June 23, 2005 02:55 PM

I can't believe that a residence tower there is more of a concern than the waste-water treatment plant from Iona.
Somehow I feel like the real issue is that the wreck beach community doesn't like the increasing population of first years with kegs heading down to the beach.

Posted by: beth at June 27, 2005 02:39 PM