Monday, February 21, 2011
Standard Quay on Faversham Creek
The Standard Quay is a very long way from my home on the west coast of the US. Some people may wonder why I have joined in the effort to preserve an old boatyard eight time zones away.
It's simple, really. I watch this process happening all over the world, including my own backyard. I know that many investors think we can't live without "growth" and even in an economic downturn feel the need to build, build, build.
This may seem strange to hear from a retired contractor and architect; I maintain that the concept of exponential growth is destructive.
Growth and development should be based on real need, not speculation. And even then the public good should reign paramount in the decision to alter the demographic of an area. I see old historic structures demolished to make room for new development and I always wonder; what was wrong with the old building? It's worse when a community is peppered with vacant buildings, yet a new shopping center is somehow imperative.
In the case of the Quay at Faversham, we are talking about the destruction of a way of life already imperiled globally. Surely the developers can find a way to rejuvenate the old Quay, keep it's history intact and still line their pockets!
So, I signed the petition to save the old Quay and I urge you to do the same. No matter where you live.
And by the way... I stayed up half the night working on the new glossary. Stop by and take a look!