Agreed! That being said they can still go back and add more later on. I think it would look so much better if they did.The undulating facade in the front is so bad ass. Wish they were able to do a little more of that + more coverage of aluminum pipes on the upper sections
I generally agree with his criticisms, but I disagree with the idea that a central planning department is wasteful and instead we should lower taxes and deregulate to spur growth as the solution.buy that man a beer!
Great point/Q.Just a counter-point to your counter-point (or question I suppose)... what is our time limit? Should we be taking big expensive swings for a self-imposed "deadline"?
I agree with your assessment and the article’s position on the parkade. Total deregulation and linking to a larger “planning as a concept shouldn’t exist as markets exist and are functional for everything” narrative is pretty myopic, nakedly political and reveals a lack of understanding of what cities are and what actors within them are trying to do. As others highlight, you can’t read this article from that site without acknowledging the PACs intentions and it’s political motivations.I generally agree with his criticisms, but I disagree with the idea that a central planning department is wasteful and instead we should lower taxes and deregulate to spur growth as the solution.
Modern planning theory is different from anything that came before it, in that it realizes the value of diversity in the urban context. Taxes and public funding aren't the problem, using them to subsidize monolithic development is. So what's the solution?
Those things absolutely require public stimulus and support to achieve in the near-term, we just have to stop using it in the wrong ways.
- Enabling diversity of transportation modes. Having the option to safely walk, bike, scooter, bus, train, streetcar, and drive ensures accessibility and movement at all paces, so if traffic is slow and congested, use another option. I'm not anti-highway, they're important, but if you want urban businesses to succeed, don't place them next to a car sewer. There's a reason the best restaurants in the city aren't beside Deerfoot.
- Enabling diversity of use-types. A neighborhood that has people living, working, creating, exercising, shopping, and means it's always activated. Then you don't end up with single family suburban sprawl and empty downtown cores.
- Creating communities with people from a diversity of backgrounds. Only providing spaces for people of a specific income is bad for the community, and for the people. I won't go into why this important, if you don't believe me then do some self-reflection.
Counter-point: Deregulation has worked before for other great cities. Sure, but it takes hundreds of years to get to that point, and we don't have that time.