Originally Posted by hankthetank
Thanks goodness we have had view cones in place for a while. Imagine if back in the 70's and 80's some developers were allowed to build big ugly concrete buildings to whatever height they wanted. Yuck. The thing that makes Vancouver so amazing is it's natural beauty. Why are people so obsessed with height? We have such a small downtown that a giant tower would feel like it's looming over the city. I just don't understand the obsession with height.
I think a lot of this obsession with height is an unconcious form of "Keeping Up With the Joneses."
Having said that, I agree that a 900+foot behemoth would look out-of-whack in compact, central Vancouver, and could easily create a jarring effect of the worst kind.
However, I'd like to see a 750+ at Burrard and Georgia (one day) and in the meantime, ease waaaaay up on the viewcones, so we don't get any more beauties with their heads partly chopped off (à la MNP Tower), or any potentially impressive buildings (The Credit Suisse Exchange) "dumbed down" to lose their effect.
And of course, just looking at the 555 Cordova thread will show you what too much "over-viewconing" will do. ....... take something potentially very good, then squash, spindle and mutilate it.