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Old October 5th, 2007, 11:55 PM   #1
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Sydney, NS (33,012 UA; 105,928 CA)

Finally updated my photos of Sydney...over 3 years later. These are from Sept 21.

First off, the contentious issue of the day, the Spanish Gates proposal. Here are the "historical surroundings" from standing on the proposed site.


Now the walkabout
Holy Angels Convent, northend George St


Executive Place, northend Charlotte St


St. Patrick's Church Museum, northend Esplanade


Commerce tower




Harbour Place, where downtown meets Northend




the site of Spanish Gates at the end of Dorchester St


A sad replacement for the original


More historicness across from Spanish Gates


Finally something that actually is historic...surrounded by newness


Yacht Club


Delta got a facelift
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Front


Vista Heights
Back

Front

The reason for the controversy around Spanish Gates


Civic Centre
Back

Front


Cambridge Suites
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Boardwalk Skyline, still without Spanish Gates


Ducks beside a perfect vacant lot for a highrise


Esplanade and Townsend


The place to be on Saturday nights!




Along the Esplanade




Royal Hotel




Some new development replacing an aging derelict building...recently finished (the pale brown one).




I think it's the only building that didn't get redone since my last thread


Spanish Bay Premiere Suites


It's that season again


Gov't of Canada building, Dorchester St




St George's church, northend Charlotte St


Bank of Montreal




Now for the almost completely redone Charlotte St
































YMCA
Current

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McConnell Library














Former downtown theatre




































Townsend St




Sydney Video






A former Tim Horton's






Wentworth Park Lower Pond Renovations










The Wentworth Condominiums, 69 King's Rd






Silicon Island (former courthouse)








Dorchester St








Aliant Building, Pitt and Bentnick


Dooly's


Bentnick St












Your local souvenir shop


George St
500 George Place


Centre200/Casino Nova Scotia/Tim Horton's




























City Bus


Singer Building


The rest is outside of downtown
King's Rd
Cabot House, Sydney's tallest












The guardhouse for Moxham Castle


Land for sale, perfect for developers


Also for sale, the old Keddy's land


Moxham Apartments


Health Park beside the Regional Hospital (there's a lot of development land for sale around here too)


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Old October 6th, 2007, 05:06 AM   #2
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Nice photos, thanks! What type of building is Spanish Gates?

That YMCA looks pretty nice..
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Old October 6th, 2007, 07:23 PM   #3
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You have done an excellent job capturing the best sights of Sydney! A few years ago I visited the city and was extremely disappointed with the state of the city especially in terms of infrastructure. It looks like since then there has been quite a bit of improvement.
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Old October 9th, 2007, 03:29 AM   #4
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Thanks guys. The last thread I did was from over three years ago, before the "revitalization project" kicked in. It definitely looks a lot better now. The project only really got into full swing last year, and was completed pretty quickly. Anyway, thanks again. I'm still hoping for someone else to visit so the city has a thread from a different photographer *hint**hint*...j/k.

Thanks again.
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Old October 9th, 2007, 05:14 PM   #5
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Looks nice. Charlotte Street looks good. The Commerce Tower is okay, but it would look better if it was taller.

What will this Spanish Gates project be? Condos? Mixed use?
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Old October 10th, 2007, 03:14 AM   #6
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How is the economy doing?
I know that this part of Cape Breton is rich in coal, is there any talk in going ahead with new exploration due to increased world demand for energy?
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Old October 10th, 2007, 06:00 AM   #7
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Spanish Gates is 44 unit condo, 124 room hotel, and a parking garage, and is being held up by NIMBY's because of "viewplanes" and "heritage surroundings". It started off 10 years ago as a 13 floor apartment building proposal (Harbour Tower Apartments), then as a 50 unit - 10 floor condo development (The Dorchester), and is now the complex I mentioned at a height "not expected to pass 7 storeys in height" the developer says. Anyway, I'm just a tad sour about all the needless controversy over this property.

The economy is still not great, but is quickly turning around (instead of 20% unemployment with 50% participation rate, it's 15-16% unemployment with slightly higher participation rate, and population beginning to increase again but that won't be noticed in the statistics until the next census). It's not coal based, for the most part, but there is a private firm on the verge of opening an abandoned mine at Donkin 30 minutes out of town, but they're still trying to decide the best (read cheapest) way to ship it after it's brought to the surface.

Anyway, there's more on all that in the Sydney developments thread, though I have a few months to catch up on with that thread.
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