Stop crowding out the scenery

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I write concerning “Residents blindsided by downtown project,” May 30. I agree with Lionel West that we should not encroach any further on Nunnery Hill; it will kill the awesome feeling of being in a place like Coronation Street. I took a stroll there for the first time last August and could hear the theme music in my mind.

We must also think of children in that area. Older kids need a place to congregate and play, climb a tree.

If houses are inevitable, it needs to stay quaint — more than three small bungalows would be inappropriate.

Why not take down the Basilica and invest in condominiums instead? What a waste of prime properties that give people a place to view the scenery. Instead, they turn their backs on nature.

And what’s going on with the Southside Hills? The gouging out to obtain shale has made it an eyesore. It’s not like we don’t have other places to get shale.

It’s time to stop and replace that area with topsoil, and plant trees. You wouldn’t see Hollywood Hills on the receiving end of such destruction.

Marian Walsh

St. John’s

Geographic location: Coronation Street, Hollywood Hills

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  • Eli
    June 25, 2013 - 19:04

    If ANON had a 1913 motor car it would be worth a fortune today. But he'd be quick to trade it on a new "stubby" Cadillac that looks no different than a "stubby" Honda. He'd be quite content with the lookalike appearence.

  • Amanda
    June 25, 2013 - 18:34

    I agree with you completely. ANON I think you are forgetting how valuable our environment is. There is nothing wrong with preserving the downtown scenic area. Tourists come to Newfoundland because it is quaint and beautiful. People walk downtown to admire the beauty there. Why should we destroy it.

  • Anon
    June 25, 2013 - 16:45

    Have you ever thought about moving around the bay? It's 2013, not 1913. Deal with it.

  • Donald
    June 25, 2013 - 11:38

    Careful, Marian, you're about to get a slew hate mail from a pack of bitter, hateful suburbanites who can't stand the idea of anyone else living a fulfilling, enjoyable life in a city where culture and livability trumps an imaginary metropolis of glass and steel phalluses... you hippy.