Because we don't want to catch ourselves in the same situation that left us that... that (insert vile slander of concrete overpasses). Could you imagine what would happen if we got halfway through tearing that down only to realize that it would, i don't know, collapse most of the hidden military tunnels, sorta thing. But you're right Jono, another hallmark of the Kelly-era, equivocal decision making, and half measures, and plans, plans, plans, so many plans, and pretty drawings. They're even talking about slowing down the buying of the fast ferry!!! Sorry, I digress.
A project like this would be a serious message to the developers, that the city wants to avoid the silly sightlines, and push for more development in it's core. Action. The removal of the CwI, would be action alright. It would probably have a snowball effect, of taking the already glowing embers of a North-end renaissance, and reattaching them to the darkening DT, which is not bumping as hard ,and as fast as it should be or has.
True there is alot, alot alot, of infilling that should be going on, and it will, but to pull off, re-opening up a chunk of Downtown, long thought to be lost, right where N meets S, and Uptown (Quinpool area) meets the water, would be a coup against the NIMBY's and heritage nuts, that seem to snarl and bristle at any attempt of making us look, and act, like a dynamic, modern metropolis, that most of us want. Snap! Granville mall wouldn't be as dead as it's end. (Why have a dead end ped mall, I'll never understand, except for a cheap shoot-didn't-think-this-harbour-drive-thing-through problem solver).
Sorry for the rant, I did over 550 covers in 3 hours tonight, and my mind finally thought about something other than house bernaise sauce, and 30 oz Porterhouses, rare. (The dream!!)
Last edited by reddog794; Apr 5, 2008 at 7:16 AM.
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