953 Balmoral Road is a supportive housing project along the 900-block of Balmoral Road in the City of Victoria's North Park neighbourhood.
The building will be managed by the Cool Aid Society.
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Surely no one believes this lackluster structure on Balmoral is going to end the nightmare on Pandora.
But what if the design were a bit flashier? It just might do it, you think?
I think this program is doing something right re: distributing things around, but I also think the individual buildings are a bit too large, they're not dispersed widely enough, the pressure is still being inordinately placed on downtown and the very central neighbourhoods for no logical reason whatsoever, and the esthetic of the buildings themselves generally isn't doing anyone or any of the neighbourhoods any favours. (But I give a point to the building on Meares Street for having a design that seems a bit less conspicuous than the others.)
The risk (or, if you prefer, the intention) would seem to be the normalization and ongoing accommodation of an ever-worsening situation in perpetuity. I find myself asking the same question I've been asking throughout this saga. How much would be too much? How many of these buildings can the designated CoV neighbourhoods absorb before they've absorbed too many? What's the point of no return?
...the intention...would seem to be the normalization and ongoing accommodation of an ever-worsening situation in perpetuity...
I am more convinced than ever this is the intention.
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