Re: "Northern Junk plan goes to council," Dec. 4.
If Victoria councillors were to approve the revised Northern Junk proposal, it would be a clear example of a developer's interests outranking those of Victoria's citizens. If the main idea is to preserve and enjoy relics of Victoria's past, then this is completely negated by surrounding the old buildings from view with taller buildings on the land side. From across the harbour, the old relics would be dwarfed to insignificance. Also, how does a "glazed atrium" fit in with old buildings of that era?
It would be objectionable for the city to sell the park to the developers who claim it is necessary to make their project viable. The developers bought the Northern Junk property; they carry any risk associated with their purchase. The park is grassed, has a large, attractive garden and a number of mature trees.
Green open space is already scarce in Old Town.
This situation is analogous to saving a battered old brick as a keepsake from your first house, tossing it into a bureau drawer where it will rarely be seen and breaking the drawer in the process.
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