Why not do a follow up article with developers and architects who design large buildings talking about projects from their perspectives. With their own buildings DQ'd, of course. We'd learn more than this series of unrelated, and mostly uninformed opinions.
Just typical irresponsible shit stirring by the media. Probably hoping that someone will now break her window so they can churn more violence into their reporting.
Intelligent cities have building codes for noise reduction before allowing residential development close to existing noise. When that place next to The Blues Corner was built, the local development community rarely exceeded a code, and everything was defined by the minimum acceptable. That has changed a bit, but it has only been discretionary. I know the engineer who was sent to measure sound levels in that case - he said the building had no resistance whatsoever to external noise, and possibly channelled the bass notes into the building. Yet I've slept in a condo at Queens Quay in Toronto at the same level as the Gardiner Expressway, just outside, and there was no noise. In summary, design new buildings for the conditions that exist in the environment you are putting them. The design considerations include ambient, and occasional peak external noise, and the desired noise level inside. Put up a cheap shitbox if you must, but don't charge rent as if it's a luxury place, because that would have been designed and built to be quiet.
The poles belong to NSPI and Bell Aliant. They are on public property, in the public right of way. I wonder how much they pay the city annually for that right?
So, HRM awarded the contract sight unseen? With no design, no control over what they will get for their money? If this was done for any other piece of public infrastructure, people would be losing it. This is like, "here boys, take this half a mil and go have fun."
So, the only thing that Scotia Square could have claimed as an advantage over other leased space in town is being eliminated. I though the goal was to attract tenants? McDonalds and Subway both smell so bad I cross the street to avoid them outdoors!! (is that Subway bun dough from Planet Earth, or the same place McDonalds "All Beef Meats" patties are from).
Looks like this Food Court is to be another corporate swamp of pseudo food. I would never rent space for my company in ScoSq now. Can we call it Class C?
Some of the proposed "fixes" in the article are just not fixes. Particularly the repeated theme of flashing lights. Even places with those (they are very expensive) and signs prohibiting right turns on red are not safe. Most of these problems emanate from drivers going too fast, because the street is designed to a standard that invites speed outside of rush hour. Several of the intersections included here need a complete re-working as they are also unsafe for vehicles and confusing to visitors - they are bad, and don't meet any modern expectation of design and safety. Let's hope the proposed roundabouts are done right, and allow a safe distance for vehicles to stop for crosswalks as they exit the circle, and safe means for bicycles to navigate them (hint: it's about reducing vehicle speed while maintaining flow) unlike the Armdale Traffic Circle (not a modern roundabout).
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