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  • Donny
    July 02, 2010 - 13:20

    Hats off to the DDC. After 20 years all I see downtown is traffic jams, sidewalks and curbs full of snow, making it difficult to get around. Every second building is vacant and boarded up. The cobblestone section of Water St. is like riding over railway ties. Parking is a joke and the street is full of dudes asking for spare change or smokes. Well done!

  • Dave IN NL
    July 02, 2010 - 13:19

    The DUC needs to actually promote infrastrucutre development in downtown, before we lose most major companies to Donovan's Industrial Park....where locations are currently being scouted by major oil companies now.
    The development Regulations are a joke. Supported by local architects and largely based on their recommendations, the building size limitations defined in the Regulations make the local market unattractive to the larger national architectural firms. The Regs serve to sustain the small firms who cannot compete and may not be capable of a larger office tower project. It is protectionist at its best and some councillors have fell for it (i.e. Frank and Shannie).
    Secondly, it is hard to reconcile that downtown was largely charred ruins until substantial rebuilding in the 10's and 20's and yet the Regs do not accept new-builds fitting for that era.
    Lastly, the emperor has no clothes. I challenge anyone to park on Southside Road and look over the harbour toward the downtown focusing on Harbour Drive, Water Street, Duckworth Street structure. It has to be one of the ugliest urban landscapes in Eastern Canada. Who are we kidding?
    We have some nice old buildings, a bunch of funny coloured houses, and a cacophony of dumps which regulations will not remedy. Drop the regulations, build, and attract people.
    Residents make a city, not eight cruise ships a year.

  • Donny
    July 01, 2010 - 20:02

    Hats off to the DDC. After 20 years all I see downtown is traffic jams, sidewalks and curbs full of snow, making it difficult to get around. Every second building is vacant and boarded up. The cobblestone section of Water St. is like riding over railway ties. Parking is a joke and the street is full of dudes asking for spare change or smokes. Well done!

  • Dave IN NL
    July 01, 2010 - 20:01

    The DUC needs to actually promote infrastrucutre development in downtown, before we lose most major companies to Donovan's Industrial Park....where locations are currently being scouted by major oil companies now.
    The development Regulations are a joke. Supported by local architects and largely based on their recommendations, the building size limitations defined in the Regulations make the local market unattractive to the larger national architectural firms. The Regs serve to sustain the small firms who cannot compete and may not be capable of a larger office tower project. It is protectionist at its best and some councillors have fell for it (i.e. Frank and Shannie).
    Secondly, it is hard to reconcile that downtown was largely charred ruins until substantial rebuilding in the 10's and 20's and yet the Regs do not accept new-builds fitting for that era.
    Lastly, the emperor has no clothes. I challenge anyone to park on Southside Road and look over the harbour toward the downtown focusing on Harbour Drive, Water Street, Duckworth Street structure. It has to be one of the ugliest urban landscapes in Eastern Canada. Who are we kidding?
    We have some nice old buildings, a bunch of funny coloured houses, and a cacophony of dumps which regulations will not remedy. Drop the regulations, build, and attract people.
    Residents make a city, not eight cruise ships a year.