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January 18, 2007

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Jane

Yes, planning desperately needed for the following reasons:

1. Kamloops decided to set its bandshell and music so that the audience is completely exposed to the hot sun, with as many as possible tucking themselves in under the limited shade available.

2. Kamloops built a god-awful ugly bridge inaccessible to pedestrians, strollers, people using wheelchairs, etc.

3. Pedestrian access across the Overlander Bridge requires that one walks significantly long inescapable stretches completely at the mercy of whoever else happens to be present.

4. Kamloops spent a lot of money on a god-awful ugly steel and concrete library (etc), and forgot to consider Kamloops' weather, such that users must now avoid falling ice...

5. There are no "green" (living) areas in the downtown shopping district, including at the library.

6. Etc.

Yes, the City should indeed not only to consult with citizens this time, but to actually, oh, follow through on what they hear from those citizens. Enough of claiming that "no one" contacted them about such issues! The ignorance cannot be excused any longer.

One on each Shore would be wonderful.

Money? Skip the sculptures, the overpriced concrete, tiling, etc. Keep it simple. A space plus seeds costs relatively little.

Norris Laitinen

actually sculptures are a great way to add to our city , and yes I do agree that it should be down town , thats face it as a North Shore resident I know as does everyones else ( even if they wont say it ) if we build a place like this on the N/S it will be full of homeless , hookers and drugs. thats just the way it is , people can deny it all they want but the N/S is NOT ready for this .

Jane

I live downtown and will say that just as with our library plaza, certain hours of the day a space would probably host homeless people, sure. (They have to be somewhere.)

Right now, there are no drugs outside of the library --because while the sleeping homeless are kicked out of that facility, other people are getting away with snorting cocaine in the study booths. (Go figure.)

I don't think we can disallow a public square because of who might use it. The whole idea is for it to be populated. I don't want John DeCicco to use it, but even he will probably be allowed to.

Maybe it would even be a perfect place for the Salvation Army to set up their soup van in the evenings (as they currently do in an empty lot downtown).

As for sculptures...Alright, I will vote for sculptures if you, Norris, personally fund this extraneous purchase. My property taxes are going up drastically this year. No sculpture-funding for me!

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