EDITORIAL – Guardians of beige continue to hold sway at City Hall

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An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.

TIME TO BEAT THE DRUM AGAIN for colour in our buildings. I do it about once every five years in hopes someone will listen.

What brings it up now is that at yesterday’s Kamloops City council meeting, Arjun Singh noted that rooflines on new buildings seem to have become less interesting and that maybe it’s time City Hall rethinks what it wants its skyline to look like.

While it’s at it, how about if it rethinks earth tones?

Kamloops is a beige city, because City Hall wants it that way. Colour is discouraged on houses and commercial buildings.

Take a look at the new apartment buildings that are going up. Beige and boring, every one of them. If not beige, then grey.

Kamloops is better than that. Kamloops is an exciting place, isn’t it? At least, it could be.


Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and newspaper editor. He publishes the opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at

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2 Comments on EDITORIAL – Guardians of beige continue to hold sway at City Hall

  1. R A George // July 11, 2019 at 2:03 PM // Reply

    You,re dead right on this one Mel, which is not always the case. Jagmeet Singh is trying to set an example for us with his turbans.Ask anyone who has visited St. Johns what they enjoyed the most and they,ll tell you the city and it,s buildings and it,s colourfull people.

  2. “Seems to have become less interesting”? Generally speaking they have been not just uninteresting but downright ugly. And then “complemented” in their ugly drabness by xeriscaping Kamloops-style and other landscaping absurdities. The thing is, paint and plants cost all the same but a little imagination is priceless!

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