It looks like this bridge is going ahead. To think that an ugly truss bridge was one of the alternatives and that the beautiful genome shaped bridge was selected gives me some comfort that we can still build beautiful things in this city.
Now I wonder what's going on with Adam Vaughan's Portland pedestrian bridge...
However, substantial money has already been spent. Will it look good on the anti-wasteful spending champion to be throwing away tens of millions of dollars already spent on these projects and have nothing to show for it?
It's supposed to be fast tracked so that it's complete in time for 2012. It would be in advanced planning at this point. I don't imagine that he would convince council to scrap all the money on planning already spent and contract cancellations all while neglecting a site of national importance and missing the bi-centennial celebrations.
Mike Layton no doubt will lead the charge on saving this and even right wingers on council care about history.
Back in the 1950's, when the Gardiner Expressway was being built, the original route was to go over Fort York. While there was not much community involvement back then, there was enough to persuade the powers-that-be to take a different route for the expressway.
With the pedestrian bridge, there will be even more of an uprising should it be canceled.
I know I'll be mad as hell. I'm buying a condo near Stanley Park counting on the park being connected to the waterfront via Fort York. I bet that a lot of the community around the park was looking forward to the bridge as well. Pantalone made a big deal out of it. People are expecting it to be built now.