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To the editor,

At the end of last week's editorial on the Cultural Plan, Kyle Shaw expressed his concern over the proposed United Gulf towers being built on Granville and Hollis Streets downtown "in what is otherwise a budding heritage district."

Who in their right mind would suggest that a development on the lot of a former dilapidated parking garage is threatening to historic properties? Can people please get over the idea of preserving "the view" of the harbour from Citadel Hill (maybe it will block the view of the smouldering oil refinery in Dartmouth) and see that this development would be a good thing for the struggling Barrington Street area? Can they also not grasp the concept that some modern buildings can highlight the beauty of neighbouring heritage properties through contrast?

To the Heritage Canada Foundation and Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia, I beg of you, please do your job and protect existing heritage buildings from being demolished. Stop hijacking our city and let it become the modern metropolitan centre it deserves to become.

By Scott Marquardt

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