Build skyscrapers or die!
For those that are not familiar with the city, there is a long-standing building code that dictates no building shall restrict the view of the harbour from Citadel Hill. This has been broken a few times, but by and large has resulted in Citadel Hill being the most prominent feature of downtown Halifax when seen from the water. This proposal would put two 27-story towers along the waterfront and block a largish piece of that viewplane. The developers claim that it will become an identifiable part of the Halifax waterfront, which is indeed true if by that you mean "basically all you see south of Citadel Hill". Personally, I have no problem with a nice green hill with a clock tower on it being our image to the public. Well, that and the awful MTT building.
Apparently what Halifax needs more than anything else is "vibrant" and "new" retail space in the downtown core in order to boost tourism and make Halifax a more "lively" place. Perhaps we could find some "vibrant" retail space along the mostly-empty Barrington Street instead? Hell there are actual buildings there already that are looking for tenants. Perhaps instead of putting a blue "heritage plaque" on every single old unusable building, thereby making it more difficult to upgrade and forever unusable, we could start tearing some of them down and throwing up some five - ten story buildings. That way we can have this almost-mystical "growth" all of the town planning people talk so much about without having to resort to more suburban sprawl or putting another concrete-and-glass monstrosity on the waterfront.
There is a a strange provincialism that exists within our municiple governments that peeks its head up with phrases like "vibrant" and "world-class" that makes me want to scream sometimes.
The good thing is that the citizens are indeed up in arms about this. Last night's public hearing on the topic was standing-room only and others couldn't get in and a second meeting is to be held March 7.