Originally Posted by Architype
Because of the thread title; it's intended to include - "Regional Newfoundland", it would get lost anywhere in the existing Atlantic Canada threads. There isn't enough activity for a rural Newfoundland exclusive thread.
I hope this architect becomes more active in Newfoundland, St.John's could use some of his work.
If someone tried to design a building that modern to be constructed in St. John's, all hell would break loose. They have a hard enough time agreeing to replace abandoned buildings in the downtown with real development. Its unreal how far they go to preserve the heritage and that of the downtown, I respect their goals but you have to find a balance somewhere.
The Fogo project is great, it helps when you're town is backed a millionaire who wants to spend. I wish I had her money...
It's interesting that there is so much development on the west of Newfoundland and Corner Brook especially. The city has a rapidly rising unemployment rate up to 17% now from 11% in 2006, the second largest centre on the west coast is Stephenville (my hometown) about 45 minutes away, which lost its mill and has unemployment around, if not exceeding 20%. Just for some perspective, during much more prosperous times the median income in Stephenville was $14,000 with an average of $24,000, and that was in 2000-2001.
Despite all this land prices are up, housing prices are up, subdivisions are springing up all around and it seems there is development everywhere. Its perplexing to be honest.