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Dear City of Vancouver: A gentle resident begs you to clean up the mess under the south end of the Granville Bridge

April 7th, 2013 · 17 Comments

This came in through City Plumber and it seemed like a plea that deserved a little attention. So if someone at engineering/311 could take note?

I have called the 311 number several times to ask that the multi-layered (and years old) grafitti at the bus turnarounds at the south end of the Granville Bridge be cleaned up.  Each time I was told that nothing could be done unless I could provide a street address.  There is obviously no street address – one message taker went so far as to tell me there was no such thing as a pedestrian underpass on Granville.  With tourist season approaching I would like to see the city add clear signage directing people to Granville Island as well as making the areas more approachable.  The giant penises and gang tags on the west tunnel opening are very off-putting.  Any suggestions as to how I can get the attention of whoever is in charge of this.

BTW, for those of you about to go on a rant about city problems and city staff who do nothing about them, I did get this lovely set of notes over the last couple of months. First this one, on March 2.

Parks Board Commissioners – anyone listening ?
Again the busy Kits Beach park footpath is flooded (March 12, 2013) but your staff are working nearby for another week to renovate the Hadden Park Field house into a Artist space.
Drains vs Artist Field House
Not one of you had the courtesy to respond to my March 2nd email (copy attached) and I take that as a get lost attitude and typical of politicians when no election is in sight.
Again I ask where is your sense of priority in not spending money to fix a broken park but embark on high $$ spending for renovating a field house for in theory a artists studio but with no security what group of artists will leave their equipment or materials in it.  It will make a nice beach front coffee hang out though.
I do expect you have great plans to all be present in your best bib and tucker when the Hadden Park Field House renovations are finished and you can have the official opening with your ego’s suitably stroked by the select group of artist who can use it.  The rest of us taxpaying plebes can stand knee deep in water as we watch you from the public pathway.
By the way the pathway is subsiding just 40ft from your field house but who cares if wheel chair users tip over – you certainly do not.
I ask you to put the public safety before your ego projects.
Well, that sounded terrible. But then I got this 10 days later, which was nice of the writer to include.
Thank you and your staff for the new drain installed today.  We look forward to our rainy day walks.
Kits Beach path new drain Mar22
James Goodman
Sent: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 3:54 PM
To: [deleted]
Subject: Path Drainage at Kits Beach

Dear Mr. Goodman

 The Vancouver Park Board shares your concern with the drainage problem that you have identified around the benches at Kits Beach.

Our maintenance staff will be placing an asphalt lift over the existing pathway that will direct the runoff to the existing catch basins. In order to ensure that a good bond is created between the old and new asphalt,       we will require a few dry days. But I assure you that this situation will be rectified by the end of April.

 If you would like to discuss this further, please feel free to contact me directly.


 Brian Quinn Manager of Parks Operations

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