Why should we lift a finger . . .

Not the same finger we lifted to the 27-storey, 96.300m high hotel/apartment building.

$100m screaming (1)### ODT Online Fri, 7 Jun 2013
Editorial: Dunedin’s five-star hotel
The decision to reject the Betterways Advisory bid to build a $100 million waterfront hotel in Dunedin is, on the face of it, not surprising. As the Dunedin City Council hearings committee kept calling for further information, there was a sense within the community the project would fall at the first hurdle.

No city in the country can afford to stand by and let $100 million of private investment disappear.

Dunedin is a heritage city, having escaped the worst of the 1980s excesses of glass towers. That, in fact, proved to be something of a problem for the developers. Hearings committee chairman Colin Weatherall this week correctly said the decision had to be made on facts, not the heart. The city prides itself on its buildings. And tourists come here for many reasons, including the cityscape. So where to from here?
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Posted by Elizabeth Kerr


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3 responses to “Why should we lift a finger . . .

  1. Peter

    ODT “…people like Mr Macknight must now work hard with Mr Rogers and the hotel backers to find a suitable site.”
    Who the hell do they think they are?
    Why on earth would Mr Macknight want to help destroy the character of Dunedin’s heritage?

    ODT “With the redevelopment of earthquake-ravaged Christchurch starting to gain impetus, overtures will surely be made to Jing Song to spend her money in what may be perceived as a more welcoming environment. Christchurch will be eager to have a top accommodation option for visitors.”
    What utter crap! Christchurch has a height restriction of 7 storeys! They definitely won’t want a 28-storey ugly building. Don’t the ODT editorial team ever do any research?

  2. Elizabeth

    This article was posted earlier, in comments at (18.813) South Dunedin and other low lying areas:

    Do High-Rise Towers Destroy Community?
    By Jillian Glover Posted August 12, 2013
    Jane Jacobs, a writer and activist, was one of the first urbanists to point out how the powers that be failed to listen to the needs of the community, convinced that they were building towers for the ‘greater good.’
    In place of urban renewal, Jacobs advocated “four generators of diversity”: Mixed uses, activating streets at different times of the day; short blocks, allowing high pedestrian permeability; buildings of various ages and states of repair; and density.

    ● Jillian Glover was born and raised in Vancouver, BC, Canada. She works in government communications, is Communications Chair of the Vancouver Public Space Network, a former Vancouver City Planning Commissioner and her educational background is in Communications and Urban Studies, which means she is very interested in how people in urban environments engage in their cities. She blogs …

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