Why did people make all the fuss about the eight-foot-high railing that runs along the harbourfront in St. Johns, when not even a peep is made of that monstrous $10-million, two-storey restaurant that obstructs the view entirely for about a block?
And do I also see yet another five-storey parking lot going up over the old Woolworth’s store? We’re supposed to stop and admire the view after parking our vehicles downtown? Give me the much-maligned fence any day.
I honestly don’t get people in St. John’s, and their quirkiness about such things. That new restaurant edifice is an eyesore, as is the Keg next door, for any harbourfront “development.”
Do we have a committee looking after the harbour, or do we just turn our backs when someone spills a bucketload of cash into the project? It appears cash walks the walk when it comes to spoiling harbour views in our Snobtown. At least the restaurants shouldn’t pay over the top for sewer hookup! They can simply launch it over their patio decks into the harbour.
People in St. John’s could take a look at the too numerous waterfront revival projects around the world, like those of Liverpool, U.K., or indeed Halifax to appreciate what revitalizing the downtown harbour experience will entail.
Tourism is a $1-billion industry employing over 12,000 people in this province. What do we do in St. Johns? We build multi-storey car parks and two-storey steak houses in front of the harbour. Pathetic! Yeah, I want my four young kids, let alone the thousands of tourists, to see this exciting new cultural statement.
Some people just don’t have a clue.
Loving my unobstructed view of Conception Bay South.
Conception Bay South