ANDREW Whitbread-Brown says all he reads is ‘‘stop the progress’’ (‘‘Stop railing against progress’’, Letters, 11/9) . He appears to have a simplistic definition of ‘‘progress” and may be uninformed about what is planned for the CBD. Change is not necessarily progress.
I’ve also travelled extensively to Europe, US, Canada and much of Australia and have seen development respecting sound planning and urban design principles which enhances cities.
The speculative development in the Hunter Street Mall would not.
We can achieve rejuvenation that complies with existing planning codes.
Most of Hunter Street west of Civic has sanctions for high-rise. Ironically it does not appear to be on developers’ agendas.
And I can’t see how removing the rail line will ‘‘marry Honeysuckle to Hunter Street’’. Planning Minister Pru Goward has revealed plans for another row of buildings on the rail corridor.
No transport expert I know of has endorsed removing the rail.
Is that why Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian won’t release the government’s own transport studies?
The current proposals are not about ‘‘vision’’. They are about maximising developers’ profits and would ruin the beautiful city we are proud of.