Friday, 28 September 2012

Black Or Blue ... Color Conundrums In White Rock

FRESHENING UP some areas of White Rock caused quite a verbal bruising from people recently who took issue with changing the color of the railings along Marine Drive to black from blue.

The railing serves as a barrier for a very busy railway track and is not designed to simply look pretty. Some thought that painting over the original color was wasteful spending. Others said it was about time the city got rid of the "garishly" bold primary blue.

In defense of the black, some suggested it was more noticeable and, therefore, safer as a barrier than the blue. But although I find black more tasteful, the blue in my opinion was actually the more noticeable of the two. I think black has a way of receding into the background and disappearing from conscious view.

While local newspapers covered many crucial matters, letters to the editor obsessed for days about black versus blue.

Copyright by Penelope Puddlisms

See more BC scenes at Penelope Puddlisms: BC Life Is A Whale Of A Ride.


  1. People in White Rock must be very satisfied with life if all they have to argue about is the colour of a railing! :D

  2. Not sure what to make of this. Seems a lot of fuss over something so trivia for a color of the railing.

  3. I think you have a point about the black "disappearing from conscious view" and blue is my favourite colour, but then, there is the matter of taste, I guess. As much as it seems some people have little else to do except obsess over what many believe are small details, it is amazing how some of us (including myself here) become attached to familiar sights along our daily travels.


YOUR THOUGHTS add colour to the content and are always much appreciated.