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Think before razing

To the editor,

How much of Halifax has to be gobbled up before Halifax is not Halifax anymore? Large portions of HRM have either been razed or are slated to be levelled for redevelopment, particularly since the amalgamated municipality came into being.

By and large, the replacement architecture is unremarkable and there is a sameness beginning to pervade our streetscapes.

We are becoming a Mississauga on the sea; a cheap version of "Anywhere, Canada."

Prominent examples of colonial and historic architecture are being torn down at an ever-increasing rate and we don't seem to notice or protest. Is it because we are hicks? Or are we stupid and don't understand that most cities would kill to have our diminishing stock of heritage and historic buildings?

HRM has consultations up the ying-yang, but it never seems to ask the most important and burning questions: Is heritage commercially valuable? Do businesses and people relocate to cities because they have heritage buildings and the livable atmosphere they provide? Is Halifax shooting itself in the foot by allowing this massive assault on the historic sections of HRM?

We know there is money for developers in the process, but has council really done its homework and weighed the impact of these renovations on our children's futures?

By --Peter McCurdy

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