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A view to the future 

To the editor,

As a planning student at Dalhousie University, an aspiring architect and a Haligonian, I am in favour of the United Gulf towers. I believe they are exactly what this city needs. We cannot allow our city to get trapped in a time bubble—we need to allow it to evolve and advance as any other lively city would.

We keep saying that we want to renew Barrington Street, but how can we do that if we don't allow people to live close enough to take a stroll down our main street without having to get in their car and drive for 20 minutes? We need people to live downtown and to do that we need density. I would consider this an amazing development because it allows us that density as well as being a gorgeous example of modern architecture, something our city is truly lacking. I have travelled to many cities and have seen great examples of how modern and old—even ancient—can coexist, creating a vibrant contrast that truly adds to the city.

We can't allow the heritage advocates to stymie our developments down to small, poor quality knockoffs of the beautiful heritage buildings that already exist. We have to allow density to happen otherwise we'll be complaining more about urban sprawl than developments that might actually help our beautiful city.

By Jonathan L

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