On a rejected high-density housing bid, and the arts

Today, readers comment on the 10-storey Buckingham Arms project knockback, and SA’s creative future.

Mar 08, 2024, updated Mar 08, 2024
An image of the rejected 10-storey block for the former Buckingham Arms site. Image: Forum/Citify supplied

An image of the rejected 10-storey block for the former Buckingham Arms site. Image: Forum/Citify supplied

Commenting on the story: ‘Over-development’: 10-storey Buckingham Arms plan rejected

Looking at the plans I can see why there were objections, but it’s another disapointment for people who are trying to rent or buy.

Those would like to live close to the city are now pushed further out, competing with families who are struggling to afford housing. Here’s hoping something gets built there soon. – Patrick Sandeman

It’s easy for NIMBYs and nervous decision makers to reject density. It’s harder to look serious about providing housing mix, including affordable and accessible housing, when we only churn out more mediocrity.

The world is changing – development standards need to change with it. – David Mepham

Commenting on the opinion piece: South Australia wants a creative future – but we’re going about it the wrong way

Justin O’Connor’s piece is spot on and the questionnaire was a disgrace – no surprise as to where the government went with the data it provided. Decide the answers you want and then devise the questions.

As for The Fringe, we have decided to use our discretionary cultural spending to support local artists and groups who are here, producing year round. We’ve gone from seeing around forty Fringe shows to six.

Meanwhile, the Adelaide CBD continues to lose venues which don’t attract the same attention as the big Hindley St music places: small galleries, the Bakehouse, Vintage Vulture. These are the ones we used to come into town for. Still, if you get rid of all the actors, musicians and others in those industries, then I guess you don’t need the venues either.

All that aside, I would remind Justin O’Connor, of the pride with which his own UniSA has expunged books from its halls of learning. That struck me as an act of barbarism which seems sadly in place here in Adelaide. – Cathy Chua

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