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LETTER: Skyscrapers in Charlottetown?

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A new residence is being constructed at UPEI. - Michael Robar

A few months back I wrote an article about the sorry state of University Avenue and the lack of long-term vision at City Hall (Charlottetown lacks vision and leadership, June 6). I decried the complete disregard for any kind of strategy to improve the traffic flow and perhaps more importantly the visual appearance of the main gateway to our historic city.

I said my piece and was happy to get on with our COVID-19 lifestyle. That was until I saw the rise of a massive steel frame on the campus of UPEI directly adjacent to the avenue. OMG!

Is it just me or does this thing look drastically out of place with not only the campus but the entire city? Why would anybody in their right mind think that this fits with the character of the campus? It’s twice the height of any other building and can be seen piercing the skyline for miles in any direction.

Is this the future we want for our city: skyscrapers on campus and soon on the waterfront?

The university has some wonderful buildings that have served both SDU and UPEI for decades. Thousands of students have passed through these buildings on their path to higher education and self-development. I fear that we have done them a terrible disservice by dwarfing them with a structure that is so dramatically at odds with every other building on campus and the

surrounding area.

It’s truly unfortunate that little consideration was given to the character, history, personality and image of UPEI.


Ron MacNeill,
UPEI Class of 1974,
Charlottetown

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