The Pogue is a dive. If not in the same "class" as the likes of Oasis, it certainly wasn't anywhere I wanted to go to drink much less eat. Although, I did once have a very long dinner with a small group including one of the staff ID physicians. That was a weird day. Otherwise I've only ever been there when very drunk.
Well, having listened to Wright's Massey lectures numerous times (I even own the audio versions and the illustrated companion book!), I can't say I understand what relevance his "progress traps" are to Skye Halifax. Wright's essential argument is that we must modify our resource extraction and consumption patterns to emphasize long-term stewardship as opposed to short-term gain. What does this have to do with intensification of population in downtown Halifax? If anything, projects like Skye Halifax - even if only 24 stories instead of 48 - serve Wright's argument precisely.
For my part, I would prefer new residential developments be somewhat smaller - say 20 stories or so maximum - and that they be spread around downtown as much as possible, with ground-level retail and townhouses. But we have to tolerate Fenwick here in the South End as it stands - downtown seems the right place to build anything as big or bigger.
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