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Change the Interchange

Dear Kyle Shaw,

Regarding your column about HRM by Design ("Landing the plan," April 24): I would like to volunteer to cart away the Cogswell Interchange.

But you might not want my help because I am a member of one of the fringe groups you mention in your column. Unlike your "entrepreneur she" of no name and your "local artist me" of no name, I, Blair Beed, have offered my ideas through volunteer efforts and by running for public office. While not achieving public office I have strived to have a liveable city. HRM by Design has still not met my test. Questions remain. Who are the vibrant people who are going to populate those sidewalk cafes that will distract us from the wind and shadow of the tall buildings? What incentive is there for owners of two-storey heritage buildings to keep them as the height limit is seven storeys?

Finally, there are no studies or surveys to show us where the hundreds of people who live in the apartments at Scotia Square and Ocean Towers do their shopping and entertainments. Maybe they are not vibrant enough to survey? Without answering these questions, HRM by Design can give us all kinds of better city fantasies, but with 35 years on the "fringe," I am skeptical.

However, I'd still like to yield a hammer to remove the scar of 1960s design that was supposed to make us a vibrant, modern and big-time town.

By Blair Beed

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