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BC Place billboard sets off another war over light in Vancouver

January 18th, 2012 · 58 Comments

Residents around BC Place started complaining about the exceptionally bright, big digital sign that went up on the building last fall.

I thought maybe the unhappiness would eventually fade away, but the residents have formed an informal lobby group and Councillor Geoff Meggs got a motion passed unanimously at council this week asking PavCo to comply with normal city regulations about the sign. (There are two others that also generate some complaints, but they were there before and will be removed as other development happens around the arena.)

It’s just one more example of the kinds of conflicts that Vancouver has more of than other cities as it mixes residential and commercial uses to a much higher degree.

BC Place assistant general manager Kathy Delisser, who appears in my Globe story on this, notes that usually signs are welcomed in areas like the one BC Place is in — an entertainment zone — as a sign of liveliness in the area.

But Times Square is not so fun when your living room faces it.


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