Central Leader - - OPINION -

traf­fic in both di­rec­tions and speed bumps do lit­tle to slow traf­fic. Res­i­dents are al­ready chal­lenged with lim­ited park­ing out­side their own prop­erty.

The Ware­house ob­vi­ously wants to de­velop their store and en­cour­age cus­tomer growth.

Ac­cess should be to/from Bal­moral Rd, not Rock­lands Ave, which wasn’t built for de­liv­ery trucks and heavy traf­fic. and an op­por­tu­nity for us to con­nect with the his­tory of our neigh­bour­hood.

To de­mol­ish this site and build new feels like the kind of ar­chi­tec­tural as­sim­i­la­tion that cre­ates places like Dan­nemora, Botany Downs, Al­bany.

Let’s em­brace the char­ac­ter of places – breathe life back in, whilst keep­ing the sen­ti­ment and mem­ory alive. I think that peo­ple and busi­ness pro­vide cul­ture and mean­ing. Cheaply de­vel­oped new res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial prop­erty isn’t the right thing to do and will only de­stroy the soul of what is a very vi­brant in­ner city sub­urb.

I will miss the cracked asphalt, the places we used to ride our bikes and where we hid to smoke cig­a­rettes when we were young.

I will miss the mem­ory of a place, that on first look, has no value. It’s not the ar­chi­tec­ture of this place that is mak­ing it un­prof­itable. Let’s not be so quick to erase and let’s see what we can do to en­hance.

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