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Thursday, March 30, 2023
Letter: St. Davids knows all about incompatible development
Letter to the editor. File

Dear editor:

I had to somewhat stifle a tongue-in-cheek chuckle after reading Wayne Murray’s letter in the March 2 edition of The Lake Report regarding the proposed Parliament Oak school development not compatible for the area.

It might be a suggestion for Mr. Murray, along with other concerned Old Town residents, to take a short trip through the Four Corners of St. Davids to see what compatibility is really about.

This is one of the most historical corners in Niagara-on-the-Lake (the region and province), which dates back hundreds, if not thousands of years.

Many neighbouring residences are designated under the Ontario Heritage Act and several others on the town’s historical register are all within close proximity.

The “Corner” has always been the core of the village.

Surely architects, in their professional expertise and wisdom, can design structures that can blend in and be compatible with the surrounding area. Not so with two recent new structures.

It was also interesting to read columnist Brian Marshall’s last paragraph in the March 9 edition of The Lake Report submission: “it is no more expensive to build good architecture than bad architecture, but the former adds to the community while the later scars it for decades.”

What’s next for us in St. Davids, an architecturally compatible roundabout? I think not.

Residents of Old Town should remember the old saying: what’s good for the goose is good for the gander.

Look what happened to us in the south end of town. Now that’s compatibility!

R. J. Woodruff
St. Davids

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