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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Stanfield Airport Vision?

Does a vision for how the Stanfield Airport exist? Over the past number of years we have witnessed a constant renovation and refurbishment project which in my view has done little to improve the ‘look’ of the airport either inside or out and minimal to t

Posted on Wed, Apr 23, 2008 at 8:06 PM

Does a vision for how the Stanfield Airport exist? Over the past number of years we have witnessed a constant renovation and refurbishment project which in my view has done little to improve the ‘look’ of the airport either inside or out and minimal to the functionality of the airport. In my view, an airport is not only a key part of our transportation infrastructure, but, can also say a lot to visitors about the place where they are arriving. Halifax is the only city I have ever visited that has models of landmarks on our luggage conveyors. Why do we have this? I suppose to promote a touristy feel. I view these like lawn ornaments ~ unnecessary and hallmarks of poor taste and design sense by the owners of the houses that put them out. Take a look at the view driving out of the Halifax terminal next time you leave there and compare it to Ottawa, Toronto, even St. John’s ~ cities we are competing against for businesses, immigrants and retirees as investors, workers and citizens. I say STOP the Renovations and Flip this Terminal as soon as possible! As I write this, I’m sitting in the Ottawa airport where crews have been ripping down an older part of the terminal building for at least several weeks (at least since the last time I was here). Even if it takes 10-15 years, we need to start planning as a community how we can create a new facility with clean, modern lines including exterior exits and spaces. Seriously, this should be a design competition, including where a new terminal could go, so that the exit has less of an industrial feel to it and invites people to our world class city versus makes them feel like they are arriving in a place that is more focused on tourism than business and welcomes them to a world class city versus feeling like they are driving out of a construction zone or cargo terminal!

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