The height limits are much too aggressive and they encourage developers to pack in as many floors as possible (retail half below ground..), which ends up being ugly and dysfunctional.
I agree about The Coast. They want a city with vibrant culture, good public spaces and art, good local retail, affordable housing, and good transit service. That is great, except that they complain about everything that would be necessary to make those things happen. How is the cheap housing to be paid for? Who is going to go to the shows, shop in the stores, and ride the transit vehicles?
The answer for Gottingen is that there is nobody, which is why it doesn't have those things and why it needs new buildings. Mr. Bousquet should stop complaining and realize that new, quality construction is the best thing that can happen for that part of the city. The same thing goes for the downtown and pretty much every part of the core.
Last edited by someone123; Dec 29, 2008 at 6:44 AM.