Vancouver to buy Arbutus Corridor from CP Rail for $55M
Future route may one day include light rail
CBC News Posted: Mar 07, 2016 10:21 AM PT Last Updated: Mar 07, 2016 3:49 PM PT
Many Vancouverites, current and former, can remember the squabbles of many years about the ribbon of land running through some of the nicest parts of the city..and the beautiful ‘victory garden’ style patches that sprang up in various areas, lovingly cared for and tended by the residents..I always thought that they were wonderful transformations, a thumb to the nose at ugly railroad lines with nothing to offer but weeds and rats aside from the garden areas..there was even a woman of questionable mental health who would regularly feed the rats herself..and some of the outraged citizens of the Arbutus area would ask me, in my capacity as their daily COV street cleaner, to ‘do something’ about her…of course, I could not, and have to admit it secretly amused me that this area of moderate and snooty wealth would harbor such a vermin-feeding outlaw…
Actually, I always rented, never owned, in Vancouver, and have to say that the experience of being around the gardens in Kits and the Arbutus corridor was absolutely magical, took part of the sting out of living and working in the concrete wastes of the downtown core, and I always appreciated the gardens and flowers every time I was nearby, which was daily in my job for the City…yes, some of the Arbutus types were snobs, so what? There are snobs everywhere..most simply wanted to have lovely, productive gardens, and this renter without a garden could understand that..perhaps some of the land will be used for affordable housing, we don’t yet know..it’s just great that the City has acquired the land.
There are few things that can be agreed upon by the denizens of this city, but perhaps they can, for the most part, come together and agree that this is a positive step, for once…and hopefully the powers that be will be measured and thoughtful about the ultimate uses for this land.