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Waterfront development should consist of patios, public spaces

Published in the Barrie Advance

13 November 2011

I’m surprised at the reaction to loosing a part of Bayview Park, which isn’t much of a park when you think about it.  I think the real issue here should be do we really want a condo tower almost right at the water’s edge, blocking the view of the bay?  Only the rail trail is preventing that from happening.  Why are people not outraged about the possibility of a wall of condo towers lining the north shore?

Barrie had been pretty good so far at keeping condo towers back from the water’s edge, with the exception the small tower at 215 Dunlop Street East.  If we are going to build any new development that close to the water’s edge, it should be restaurant, bistro or something else that will include a publicly accessible patio that takes advantage of the lovely view of Kempenfelt Bay, which is something that very few of the existing restaurants do (or are at least able to) take advantage of this unique feature of Barrie.

People may have their opinions about the Hooters Restaurant chain, but they do have one of the best patio views in Barrie.

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Bruce Forsyth

Bruce Forsyth served in the Royal Canadian Navy Reserve for 13 years (1987-2000). He served with units in Toronto, Hamilton & Windsor and worked or trained at CFB Esquimalt, CFB Halifax, CFB Petawawa, CFB Kingston, CFB Toronto, Camp Borden, The Burwash Training Area and LFCA Training Centre Meaford.

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