Rays from the setting sun pass low over the Peace Bridge in Calgary.
As you may have heard in the news in the last few weeks, Calgary’s West LRT came up short for funding because someone at city hall forgot to factor in more than $8 million for the mandatory public art component of the project.
Nothing new, sadly. As you can see above, previous budget errors means the south end of the Peace Bridge remains free of landscaping, until the city can scrape up some money to take care of it.
This lack of foresight it shameful. We should be able to do better.
It was a long three-and-a-half year wait between conception and unveiling, but Calgarians finally got to get up close and personal with the controversial Peace Bridge on Saturday.
Designed by Santiago Calatrava and built at a cost of some $25 million, it was more than a year behind schedule.
I was not able to attend the opening but stopped by later that evening to see what the hubbub was about. Apart from myself, there were still people coming down just for a look.
A few guys I spoke with mentioned that, like myself, they were not pleased with how Calgary got the bridge. (Single-source contract done without the full knowledge of city council, to be brief about it.) Still, that did not stop them from admiring what a piece of work the thing is.