Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Blog Guelph: (Day 7) Putting it in perspective. From the Cutten Fields.

Aidan Ware continues to offer a stunning array of downtown Guelph images with her photo essay project: Guelph, 100 Days in the Mirror.

Did you know that Guelph had a building height bylaw designed to protect the site lines for The Church of Our Lady?

According to the Church Wikipedia page, "The City of Guelph's zoning by-laws establish "protected view areas" that are designed to ensure clear sight lines to the Church of Our Lady from various vantage points in the downtown core. Any communication towers or other buildings built in the downtown area must not obscure the view of the church. Also, no new buildings in Guelph are allowed to be taller than the Church."

"Accordingly, views of the Church from different aspects, in different seasons, times of day and lights, against different skies, form indelible impressions in the minds of residents and visitors."

How sad that such an inspired bylaw has run its course. Our lovely BIG sky cityscape is about to grow UP - 18 STORIES UP.

Why is progress so ugly?

Sue Richards

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