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  • Taxpayer
    July 02, 2010 - 13:35

    As the City seems to be indicating that it will itself become involved with these developments, it would be more important to know how far the City is presently in debt and what further commitments have been made. Since 2007, the City has not released it's finnacial position to the taxpayers. Only then can the taxpayers decide what steps the City should take.

  • Michael
    July 02, 2010 - 13:21

    The Heritage Advisory Committee serves to stifle business development in this city. It's time this committee was dismantled so that reasonable business development can flourish in downtown St. John's.

  • Steve
    July 02, 2010 - 13:13

    Jeff,

    So, they're relaxing the heritage regulations so that a class A office tower can be built, and you don't like it? The city is 480 square kilometres in total area(from the city's web site), and a majority of councillors have agreed that there should be some special consideration given for development on two streets - Water and Duckworth - because they contain the majority of what's left of the unique character of old St. John's commercial buildings. So, a few square kilometers out of 480 have some special rules attached, and you think everyone should just pack it in and write off development in St. John's? Wow. Also, why do you keep naming people like Greg Malone, Peg Norman and Ron Hynes? Last time I looked, they're not on Council. The public voted for this council, and the people who won were voted in by a majority of citizens. Everyone was free to vote how they wanted, and the people who cared enough to vote did so. If you don't like it, run next time.

  • Jeff
    July 02, 2010 - 13:12

    Relaxing regulations? Give me a break. There seems to be as many stipulations to removing the area from heritage status as there are to it remaining. Not every piece of run down 19th century architecture should be preserved. When did Shannie Duff (along with Greg Malone, Peg Norman, and musical guest Ron Hynes) get bestowed with the responsibility to make all development decisions in the downtown? Pretty soon the companies are going to stop calling, citing development is more trouble than it's worth, and the whole city can be a heritage site then. Wake up! It's the 21st century!

  • Taxpayer
    July 01, 2010 - 20:25

    As the City seems to be indicating that it will itself become involved with these developments, it would be more important to know how far the City is presently in debt and what further commitments have been made. Since 2007, the City has not released it's finnacial position to the taxpayers. Only then can the taxpayers decide what steps the City should take.

  • Michael
    July 01, 2010 - 20:05

    The Heritage Advisory Committee serves to stifle business development in this city. It's time this committee was dismantled so that reasonable business development can flourish in downtown St. John's.

  • Steve
    July 01, 2010 - 19:50

    Jeff,

    So, they're relaxing the heritage regulations so that a class A office tower can be built, and you don't like it? The city is 480 square kilometres in total area(from the city's web site), and a majority of councillors have agreed that there should be some special consideration given for development on two streets - Water and Duckworth - because they contain the majority of what's left of the unique character of old St. John's commercial buildings. So, a few square kilometers out of 480 have some special rules attached, and you think everyone should just pack it in and write off development in St. John's? Wow. Also, why do you keep naming people like Greg Malone, Peg Norman and Ron Hynes? Last time I looked, they're not on Council. The public voted for this council, and the people who won were voted in by a majority of citizens. Everyone was free to vote how they wanted, and the people who cared enough to vote did so. If you don't like it, run next time.

  • Jeff
    July 01, 2010 - 19:50

    Relaxing regulations? Give me a break. There seems to be as many stipulations to removing the area from heritage status as there are to it remaining. Not every piece of run down 19th century architecture should be preserved. When did Shannie Duff (along with Greg Malone, Peg Norman, and musical guest Ron Hynes) get bestowed with the responsibility to make all development decisions in the downtown? Pretty soon the companies are going to stop calling, citing development is more trouble than it's worth, and the whole city can be a heritage site then. Wake up! It's the 21st century!