The mayor of Calgary Canada didn’t pull any punches recently when he told developers that they need to build better buildings:
“You cannot come as the industry to say to us, ‘It takes too long for me to get my approvals’ if you’re bringing us crap,” [Naheed] Nenshi told the luncheon crowd.
So what is the “crap” to which Nenshi refers? Apparently it includes buildings that are unattractive, don’t work with public transit, and aren’t pedestrian friendly. Nenshi also mentioned “a planned big-box project.” Apparently Nenshi was also drawing on comments made by another Canadian mayor:
Nenshi’s comment evoked a famed 2005 remark by Edmonton Mayor Stephen Mandel, about the provincial capital’s architecture: “Our tolerance for crap must be zero.”
These remarks are part of a growing understanding that we need to stop building horrible places that simply don’t work. It’s a rallying cry, and a level of candor, that Provo would do well to borrow.