Citizens at City Hall reports that west end resident Alex Matheson recommended to the city to paint roofs, parking lots and other horizontal surfaces white to reduce the heat island effect and reflect sunlight.
Councillor Lloyd Ferguson, noting that this would require a lot of maintenance and that the paint could find its way into the municipal water system, recommended using light-coloured concrete instead of asphalt to get the same effect.
He pointed out that the price of asphalt has more than doubled in the past couple of years (due to rising oil prices). Concrete, by contrast, has lower lifetime costs and can be poured and set very quickly using new methods.
(Thanks to Mary Louise, the alert RTH reader who picked up on this piece of news and asked me to file it under "even a stopped clock is right twice a day".)
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