Comment 53018

By Undustrial (registered) - website | Posted December 13, 2010 at 11:44:37

I must say, my sympathies lie with Mogadon Megalodon. "Civic Square" is a disaster worthy of sending a time-travelling cyborg back in time to prevent. These buildings - the AGH, School Board, City Hall, Copps, the Market etc - all woefully inadequate, all in need of major repairs, all sporting "avant-guarde" 60s and 70s architecture which, at this point, is largely just embarrassing. I feel the same way I did about City Hall - not all wines improve with age. "Heritage" needs to mean more than "30+ years old".

We can learn a lot of important lessons here. Don't knock down a neighborhood for some fancy, expensive, megaproject and the associate parking. Don't assume office, store, retail or stadium space will be filled simply because we build it. Don't try to look ultra-modern or you're just going to look really really silly a decade down the road. And don't assume that by spending tons of cash on construction, long-term economic benefits will follow.

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