Feb 02 2008
Some advice for renters and condo owners in Vancouver’s overheated real estate market: if you don’t want to get woken up in the middle of the night by loud noise, don’t live downtown.
Really, I do sympathize with Vancouver Mayor Sam Sullivan, who came up with the unprecedented idea of allowing firefighters to keep their fire engine sirens off at night so that he could sleep soundly in his Yaletown apartment. Vancouver’s fire brigadiers have announced that they have not the slightest intention of turning off the sirens, since, um, pedestrians and drivers really ought to be warned to get out of the way of three-ton machines hurtling down streets at 100 km per hour.
I am cursed by Superman-like hearing at night that can pick up the sound of a rubber pin falling on carpet. The slightest bump can wake me from a slumber and jumpstart my heart into a less than serene wakefulness.
That’s why I knew I couldn’t live downtown. Surely a man of Sullivan’s keen intellect would have understood that emergency vehicle operators just can’t shut off their noisemakers to ensure everyone gets a good night’s sleep.
There are some new condos coming on to the market right in my neighborhood in Mount Pleasant, though. Perhaps the mayor could find some quieter digs a little closer to Vancouver City Hall?