ROTHENBURGER: Our cityscape makes a daring switch from beige to greige

(Image: Mel Rothenburger)

I’VE GOT GOOD NEWS and bad news.

You might have heard me rant a time or two about the beigeness of Kamloops, a condition caused by myopic planners able to see only “earth tones.”

Symptoms include a feeling of drabness and sameness resulting in architectural brain fog. Dwellings and corporate buildings have both been infected with it but things are changing.

That’s the good news. The bad news is that the new colours of choice are grey and greige. A variant of the original affliction.

All one has to do is take a look at the many new apartment blocks and office buildings under construction or in the works. Grey and greige everywhere. Grey siding, grey bricks, grey facades.

Very earthy. Apparently, adding a few horse-bun coloured panels or alcoves here and there represents a daring splash of colour. Talk about breaking new ground.


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

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