Dear mayor Kelly and Halifax Regional Council,
The residents of the Halifax Regional Municipality are at risk of losing our position as the cultural, commercial, educational and medical centre of Atlantic Canada. We are now known as a city that does not welcome new and innovative large-scale development. While we must have respect for our established architectural heritage, we must also embrace bold new directions. Great architecture is about assuming artistic risk. We used to celebrate the fact that we were a city of unique contrasts between old and new. Now we are told anything new must be old again. I do not see any recent architectural statements in downtown Halifax that represent our progressive ideals. What we build now defines us as a people. How much longer must we pay for the architectural mistakes made 35 to 40 years ago in downtown Halifax? Lessons have been learned. We must move on.
Without this development I believe we will have destroyed Halifax's potential for future bold approaches to new architecture. United Gulf's building will help place Halifax on the architectural map without negatively influencing neighbouring heritage properties. The development will offer a statement to the world that yes, Halifax is open for business.
By Patrick LeRoy