To the editor,
"Blowin' in the wind" (December 14) was an excellent article. One has to wonder why we even have by-laws which include viewplane restrictions and other clauses that should protect our historic city. Our reputation of acceptance is well-known by developers and they know in advance they can invest in a property or properties and be practically guaranteed their developments will be approved. Can you imagine what the chances a developer would have in getting approval for our "Twisted Sisters" in Quebec City?
Tourists are impressed with culture, history and all of those points that differentiate Halifax from cities full of high-rise structures. European cities are very strict in their acceptance in architectural design and even McDonald's cannot display their conventional storefront.
Spring Garden Road still has a few top-class shops but unfortunately, fast food establishments are taking over the street.
Let us invest money in our older structures and bring them back to life. These are our tourist attractions.
It is a very sad scene when one must use to the Freedom of Information route to get information on developments in our home city!
By Arthur A. Irwin