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What’s New: Seating space on the Comox Greenway

January 8, 2014

Another piece of the Comox-Helmcken Greenway was added just before the new year: a public seating (and people-watching) area at the northwest corner of Denman and Comox:

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Sturdily built of (hopefully) vandal-resistant metal, it is nonetheless inviting and flexible, each seat able to revolve, with tables for intimate conversation and a bar designed to scope the passing parade of peds and bikes.

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Note that the seats are big enough to cosily accommodate a couple.

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Though the cost was likely in the thousands, is this too extravagant a waste of taxpayers’ dollars (a criticism rarely if ever applied to road-widenings and left-hand-turn bays, priced in the millions)?

I suppose there’s an argument that such public improvements actually increase private value – here, a 7-11 – and that those increases will come back in the form of property taxes.  (Indeed, one wonders if the 7-11 will be replaced by a new structure that would take advantage of this amenity.)

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But what a futile argument.  Isn’t something that attractively adds to the community, encourages contact and interaction (and hence, as Charles Montgomery documents, to our happiness), and benefits both public and private sectors justification enough?

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. January 8, 2014 4:01 pm

    Will be great in the summer time to torch up a spliff here and hang for hours to watch the passersby! Convenient too that the guys asking for spare change out front of the 7-11 are usually connected to suppliers.

  2. January 8, 2014 5:32 pm

    Is that a semi-trailer going the wrong way down this street (second photo)?

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    January 8, 2014 6:20 pm

    That’s a Gordon Food Service truck – it’s probably stopped to unload supplies for a restaurant (and turning radii, traffic islands and curbside parking being what they are, that’s where he ended up).

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