Vision needed for our city’s future
SIR, – The Union Street conundrum generates much debate but little vision. The Union Street of my youth was a true delight and promenading it after school to eye up the girls, experiencing the quality shopping all around, while inhaling the coffee aroma passing Collies is so nostalgic – but that is in the past.
The increased ownership of cars requiring ease of parking, changing shopping habits and venues, the demise of mass cinema, high rents and often a dreich climate have all contributed to the present situation.
With due respect to Sir Ian Wood, the Union Terrace gardens project and subsequent initiatives were well meant but showed rather dated thinking with main streets increasingly losing their relevance to modern life.
Small side streets with boutique shops, restaurants and leisure facilities still have their attractions, but Union Street itself is sadly a relic of an earlier age. Could it be broken into sections with a view to making it into a predominantly high class residential area in keeping with its architecture – if not what?
No easy answer but surely an ideal opportunity for those who believe Scotland is failing due to the yoke of Westminster to come forward and demonstrate what we are missing. Dr F L P Fouin, North Deeside Road, Aberdeen