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The view of Halifax’s Citadel Hill is much beloved by tourists and residents alike. “We know that there are sketches of people up on Citadel Hill for recreation as early as 1759 … so people have been enjoying the view … since 1759. That’s 253 years,” says Phil Pacey, chair of the Halifax Regional Municipality committee of the Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia. “We don’t want to see the view whittled away by 3.5 feet at a time. It is a non-renewable resource.” The proposed redevelopment of Fenwick Tower will do just that – only it is so far away from the Hill that the proposed changes to the view will be indiscernible to the naked eye. The Globe and Mail’s Jane Taber and Anna Mehler Paperny explore how Halifax and other Canadian cities are navigating the tension between enabling development and protecting iconic views.
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