|Re: "Character assassination," by Amy Steele, News, August 03-09, 2006.
I read your article regarding the possible destruction of the Edwardian Aberdeen Block on 4th Street.
Like many readers and patrons of these businesses I can't help but be saddened by the thought that one day this block will be only a memory.
Coming from the east where the cities are older and where you can find many historical buildings that give a city a sense of history and charm, I can't see why there can't be compromises between Calgary's booming economy and trying to preserve some history.For example, Toronto has incorporated many old buildings facades from one to five floors with new properties on top.
It changes the street's scape above but keeps the charm at street level and helps businesses remain profitable both the existing and the new ones.
I have been in Calgary for two years now, and although the economy is great, my first reaction when I arrived (and even now) is where is the charm?
This city keeps expanding at an alarming rate and is building to keep up with demands. What about quality of life, a sense of belonging to history and incorporating history with progress? It takes more than an economy to sustain longevity for an area. Can't someone see the benefits of keeping some of Calgarys history intact, or at least work around it to accommodate the need for growth and preservation? It's not like we don't have the money.
All I'm saying is there are some places in any city that contribute to individuals' quality of life and enjoyment of a neighbourhood and this is just one of them.