Comment 35160

By John Neary (registered) | Posted November 07, 2009 at 09:02:45

Peter >> "This is one of the first time I have hear people get upset about a proposal for new park, it almost always it the exact opposite, too much development people complain about."

I don't think people are upset about a proposal for a new park per se. I'm upset about the monolithic approach to urban development that has already given us five-lane highways and inhuman megablocks throughout the downtown. Thomas Beckett's proposal essentially comes down to razing sixteen city blocks. Last time that happened we got Jackson Square. I think the precautionary principle applies here.

That being said, I would be very happy to see either parkland or redevelopment on the surface parking between King William and Wilson.

"Reading some of these comment also greatly disturbs me as I see such a high level of ignorance about well established and tested urban design principles around the world."

What specific principles do you refer to?

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