There is a piece in TheGuardian today "Crunch Time For Historical Old Town?"
and todays EveningNewspiece is more balanced for a change
Above is the part of the Canongate on The Royal Mile that would be scarred forever, the carpetbaggers Mountgrange would like to smash it all up, from where you see the parking meter to the right of picture right up to where you see the flag pole sticking up from the art deco building The Sailors Ark. Luckily the building to the right where Edinburgh`s original fudge shop is, dates from the late 1700`s so its safe at the moment.
Below is The Canongate Venture and its beautiful interior, which lies behind the Canongate off New St and it would be demolished to be replaced by a monster block of concrete and glass so that business people can smooze with one another in what they would call the hotels conference centre. Meanwhile the tenements and Ark building above would be a 5*hotel, where guests would be so excited that they will have slept in a room where real Edinburgh people would have lived in good quality stone built hooses.
"Gee the hospitality of these Scots never cease to amaze me, putting their folks out so we can be on The Royal Mile in luxury" said one tourist leaving the hotel in the year 2000 and oatcake. "But it does remind me of that film we saw, the one about those Highland Clearances"
We can stop this madness, get along to tonights Stop The Demolitions Meeting in Old Saint Pauls Church Hall, Jeffrey St. Doors open 7pm meeting starts 7.30pm mapanddirections
Come and see if your objection is among the thousands lodged, we will have copies of them at the meeting tonight.
This monster above is proposed for Jeffrey street as you walk towards the Royal Mile from Market St and Waverley. Just where you presently see the scene below it.
This is the view you currently see looking down Jeffrey Street when standing at the crossroads of The Royal Mile, where Jeffrey St, St Marys St, Canongate and High St Meet. This much loved and photographed view will be lost behind the proposed Malcolm Fraser landmark building above. It is meant to be like this, the views down from Calton Hill will be marred, no longer will you see the elegant curve of the Victorian Jeffrey St.