Originally Posted by Empire
Agreed, but in HRM there is no incentive or pressure to build an attractive building......this needs to change.
So True! Heritage (mis)Trust of Nova Scotia spends time and considerable money fighting over vacant parking lots while our built heritage is left to rot, leaving no alternative but to tear down what could be valuable heritage architecture.
I have lived in this city for 10 years and am amazed at how many sturctures 100 or more years old have been torn down and replaced by cheap, uninspiring buildings while Phil Pacey and Heritage Trust focus their attention on making sure all the vacant land is either filled with fake stone and precast or turned into yet another parking lot.
While I think the VIC on the corner of Hollis and Morris is a good example of what can be built, it is unfortunate that the heritage structure (registered or not) that was there was left to deteriorate to the point of having no other option but to tear it down.
If Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia put its efforts into fighting for preservation of existing built heritage and demanding quality of design and building materials Halifax could be a very visually interesting city to live in.
I was recently in Boston and Portland, Maine and was impressed with how both cities have managed to perserve their built heritage and in Boston's case how well modern architecture fits in with and compliments such an historic city. It made me realize how bad a job Halifax and Heritage Turst of Nova Scotia have done here. I was traveling with 3 people from Ontario and as Halifax was our final destination I found myself talking less about the great city I live in because it simply did not compare to what we had experienced in New England.
It is time for change in this city! How do we make it happen?