Actually, I am pretty sure the Community Association and Business Improvement Area has noticed, but the City can't seem to get its act together on this issue:I suspect that the older black one was always imagined to be replaced once development moves in but now that it happened a bunch of people are point fingers at each other of whose job it is to take down. Alternatively no one other that yourself has noticed that yet. You'd think that all the assets would be tracked and having an extra pole would be worth adding back into the inventory? Like if a friend borrowed a BBQ then bought their own BBQ I wouldn't say "no worries, have two BBQs". I would want it back, no?
Regardless of the reasons the result is the same - an unnecessary and supersized street light pole / gravity base will disrupt pedestrians for years an otherwise impressively done pedestrian realm with few notably avoidable flaws. If the worst comes to pass and the two streetlights survives a year,I'll post it into my passing-the-time COVID project / Calgary Public Realm Catalogue
But Rebecca O'Brien, executive director of the Inglewood Business Improvement Area, says the new lampposts ruin the feel of the neighbourhood and could actually hurt local businesses' bottom line.
O'Brien described it this way to the Calgary Eyeopener on Tuesday morning.
"Picture a Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens, and Mr. and Mrs. Cratchit walking down a snowy London street. Picture a four-metre lamppost giving out a cozy, pedestrian, human-scale feeling. Then juxtapose that with the Superstore parking lot in Southland and the kind of lighting you would have there," she said.