Michael Stanard ctitiques the dense residential development that is proposed for the old Die Cast property north of the Woodstock Square:
“Risking conceit, I think it’s fair to say that, given my 40+years as an award winning design professional, I am qualified to opine on this topic.
“In brief, the development proposed for the former Die-Cast site is irredeemably inadequate.
“It is terrible in every respect, far too many to burden you with by listing each in this email.
“I am dumfounded by our Mayor’s apparent support of the project. I simply cannot understand his motivation.
“By contrast, I can understand that the credulous members of the City Council may not have the distinctions, experience or aesthetic sensibilities to realize the potential disaster that lies ahead if they vote in favor of the Rawson scheme.
“One positive aspect of this tortuous past year – once we rid ourselves of the faux architect and mendacious so-called developer – we will be able to take advantage of our renewed focus on the Die-Cast property. Now that we are awake, will be able to devote our energies to creating a plan that will be worthy of Woodstock.
“We should create a brilliant design that will be beautiful for generations to come. Why in God’s name not?
“I’m sure you are familiar with Thomas Sowell, an important American intellectual. Dr. Sowell is a Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institute. I will quote Dr. Sowell at Tuesday’s evening’s City Council meeting:
‘It’s hard to imagine a more stupid or dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong.’”