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COLLINS – This is the best we can do?

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The downtown core badly needs something, and a parking lot isn’t exactly visionary on the part of those in City Hall

LET ME MAKE SURE I understand. After years of deliberation, the best our City planners can come up with for the old Kamloops Daily News building is to tear it down and put up a parking lot?

It’s hardly paradise as it sits now, so my thoughts of Joni Mitchell really don’t apply, but I am totally floored that we are going to solve the problems of the downtown core by not only putting up a parking lot, but a surface parking lot that does little to address the overall problem.

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Doug Collins is the Director of News, Information and Television Operations at CFJC-TV. Doug has been on the air in Kamloops since 1970. He was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Radio-Television News Directors Association of Canada in 2008.

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About Mel Rothenburger (5132 Articles)
ArmchairMayor.ca is a forum about Kamloops and the world. It has more than one million views. Mel Rothenburger is the former Editor of The Daily News in Kamloops, B.C. (retiring in 2012), and past mayor of Kamloops (1999-2005). At ArmchairMayor.ca he is the publisher, editor, news editor, city editor, reporter, webmaster, and just about anything else you can think of. He is grateful for the contributions of several local columnists. This blog doesn't require a subscription but gratefully accepts donations to help defray costs.

2 Comments on COLLINS – This is the best we can do?

  1. What is the downtown business association and it’s members saying about this building and also about the parking lot plans, why in the first place has the city become involved in this, whatever made them purchase the building in the first place?

  2. Tearing it down and put up a (temporary) parking lot.
    Me think the refusal of all presented proposals was because the City, deep down in their visceral love for grandeur, still wants to build a PAC…someday.
    Anything but a parking lot would make that possibility lost for good.
    And make no mistake, the problems with the downtown have little to do with parking. As a semi-frequent use of the downtown, parking is my smallest of concerns.

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