St. John's Board of Trade explains "Why Development Matters" in position papers

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The St. John's Board of Trade is answering the question "Why Development Matters" with a three-part document looking at urban sprawl, density and public transit.
The board wants to stimulate debate and discussion about development through providing the three position papers, according to a press release issued Sunday afternoon with the documents.
Board chair Derek Sullivan was quoted in the release saying there are many reasons to support development, not the least of which will be creating lasting jobs, building a healthy business base and growing the profile of the metro area.
"Concentrated development in the downtown, for instance, also can enhance use of public transit and discourage urban sprawl, which has positive environmental impacts," Sullivan says in the release.
"Heritage and progress can, and must, co-exist," Sullivan said. "Balance is a key principle in development. There must be a vision for St. John's and we must look at the full puzzle rather than individual pieces. Heritage and historical integrity are not reliant on one single building or view. We welcome investment and we must find ways to make this happen, not discourage it."

Organizations: St. John's Board of Trade

Geographic location: St. John's

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  • Sounding On
    July 02, 2010 - 13:32

    Why not use the waste land that Fortis wants to build on. They had what I thought was a beautiful additition to the downtown, with 400 plus parking spaces, lots of shopping etc. Some people are so blind when it comes to improving downtown, it will soon be all in ruin, with boarded up graffitii ridden buildings. Has anyone taken a trip along water street lately? I have never seen it look so rundown.

  • Sounding
    July 02, 2010 - 13:12

    Use the waste land on the west end of Water Street after the dockyard for your office towers instead of this obsession of must be on the harbor front mentality. I'm sure the mayor can work some land expropriation magic.

  • Sounding On
    July 01, 2010 - 20:20

    Why not use the waste land that Fortis wants to build on. They had what I thought was a beautiful additition to the downtown, with 400 plus parking spaces, lots of shopping etc. Some people are so blind when it comes to improving downtown, it will soon be all in ruin, with boarded up graffitii ridden buildings. Has anyone taken a trip along water street lately? I have never seen it look so rundown.

  • Sounding
    July 01, 2010 - 19:50

    Use the waste land on the west end of Water Street after the dockyard for your office towers instead of this obsession of must be on the harbor front mentality. I'm sure the mayor can work some land expropriation magic.