One of the benefits that the Light Rail is supposed to bring is higher density development along its corridor. Fair enough. Some argue that it may be the beginning of the end of “The Bush Capital”. Personally, I think that newer development is a good thing, but using a Light Rail to generate that is not. But I digress.
There is a new development going in at Greenway in Tuggeranong – in Anketell Street (opposite Bunnings) – called “Southquay”. Fair enough. It’s some very long overdue development in Tuggeranong.
An “artists impression” of one of the buildings has been released so they can start selling units off the plan. Here is the add and the artist impression :
Now, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But to me, this is, well, pig ugly – but maybe I will think it is beautiful when seen in the flesh. Maybe I just haven’t got an eye for modern design ? Its tall so will apparently be on Anketell street itself – in full view on a very busy road.
So, is this the sort of aesthetics that will spring up all along the Light Rail corridor and along the gateway to Canberra – Northborne Avenue ? Surely, these sort of high rises can be designed to be a bit more aesthetically pleasing – as they often are in other cities ? Who approves the aesthetics ?
Is this what Canberra will look like because of the mad push for a Light Rail construction and the rushed planning & development that will presumably occur along the corridor ? I for one, hope not.