July 3, 2014 10:09 am

Vancouver councillor wants a permanent home for Vancouver’s ‘love locks’

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One Vancouver councillor wants to create a permanent home for the city’s ‘love locks’.

Love locks are padlocks that are attached to fences or railings by couples to symbolize their commitment and love to each other.

They are very popular in Italy, with thousands of locks attached to the famous bridges of the Ponte Milvio in Rome and the  Ponte Vecchio in Florence.

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In Vancouver, lovers used to attach their locks to the railings of the Burrard Bridge, but they were removed in 2013. Then they re-appeared on the seawall of Northeast False Creek, but they were also removed.

NPA councillor George Affleck says a permanent place needs to be found for the locks.

“These types of spontaneous, quirky activities make Vancouver a great place to live,” says Affleck. “We need to foster this energy. The ‘love locks’ deserve a home.”

“I would like to ask staff to recommend a home for the ‘love locks’. This has the potential to attract tourists, as well as locals, and removing them simply looks like we are returning to the ‘no-fun city’ that we are trying not to be.”

Affleck will be putting forward a motion at the next council meeting and will ask staff for recommendations to suggest a new and permanent home.

© Shaw Media, 2014

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