Originally Posted by realcity
omg.... okay you guys suck now...
this is (or it was) SKYSCRAPERPAGE.... emphasize on the 'skyscraper' part... so anything under 10 floors sucks. this project ... brilliant as it is..... the only thing wrong with it ... is 10 more floors. Seriously.. get off the 'set back' thing, get off the shadows, and get off my herbs. It's a measly 7 floors. "Set Back" as a "term" and as an "urban planning" rule, was invented by idiots ...... and is now repeated and enforced by idiots.
"Set back" regulations make about as much sense as "parking regulations"
I agree totally.
What alot of the newcomers to this city don't realize is that this type of petty whining about what developers should or should not do has cost this city billions in developement over the last 30 years. There has been, and I am not exaggerating, hundreds of proposals in downtown Hamilton that have been withdrawn because of a couple of complaints by vocal citizens opposing whatever is being proposed.
If you want developers to spend money in the downtown, you have to make it easier for them to spend it. Thats not to say there shouldn't be certain standards and requirements, but those standards have to be reasonable and not add to the cost of the developement. Those standards have to be in place before the planning process begins not once a proposal is submitted.