Comment 82365

By ViennaCafe (registered) | Posted October 27, 2012 at 22:30:03

"The thing is, this generation is looking for something quite different than their parents and grandparents."

And yet the buildings we wish to preserve are the buildings of our parents and grandparents.

I think this question is being approached from the wrong direction. To begin, I agree heritage properties should be identified and preserved. But not every old building is of significance and not every old building can be preserved.

The correct approach, in my opinion, is to preserve or recreate a streetscape that enhances and promotes pedestrian traffic, residency, and attracts visitors to the downtown. What I think people are afraid of losing on the south side of Gore Park is not so much older buildings that may or may not have historical or architectural value, but the value of a streetscape still at a human scale.

What I would be concerned about is the lack of a clear plan and vision for the proposed development and on that basis, alone, the city should refuse demolition permits. Reducing that corner to a parking lot for any period of time would be devastating for the downtown and would erode public investments already made.

Comment edited by ViennaCafe on 2012-10-27 22:32:16

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