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The Evening Star WEDNESDAY, MAY 22, 1889.

Time after time attempts have been

made to establish in DunThe Site for edin a market > where P ro " a Market, ducers and consumers could

be brought into immediate communication with each other with mutual advantage. Local jealousies up to this time Have prevented SO advantageous an arrangement, for the Southern Market, so-called, appropriated to that purpose, was one of the many instances of "how not to do it" that havo marked the movements of our City Fathers. Another movement has been set on foot, which we think deserving of careful consideration. A proposed company has offered to lease from the Corporation the piece of land known as the Triangle, which was really filched by the Government from the Harbor Board, under whose direction it was reclaimed from the sea. This land when found not to be needed for railway purposes, instead of being restored to that body, was foolishly constituted a reserve for recreation purposes, and put under control of the Corporation. It masters not by whom such a mistake was made. Any business man would have condemned the absurdity of reserving from use one of the most valuable sites in the City for purposes so evidently not required. No city that we know of has so much ground reserved from profitable occupation as Dunedin, and no city that we know of needs it less; the contour of the land being itself equivalent to reserves for the purposes of health. The Triangle has hitherto contributed far more to the .unheal thiness than to the health of the neighborhood, and like all the rest of the reserves under Cor-

poration control has been shamefully neglected. Had not the Government taken it, professedly for railway purposes, it would long since have been yielding revenue to the Harbor Board, and thus have aided to lighten the dues. Had it reverted to them, as ■was only proper, it would before now have been in profitable occupation, This land has cost the City, one way or another, a large sum of money to reclaim, and it nosv lies unoccupied, an eyesore and a nuisance. From its central position and its surroundings it can never be made—what was professedly intended when handed over to the Corporation—an ornament to the City, and no one but a visionary could have imagined such a thing. Under the circumstances, the best thing the Corporation can do is to obtain from the Government a reversal of the legislation constituting it a reserve, so that a now useless piece of ground may become really ornamental through the erection of suitable buildings, either by the Corporation themselves or on lease, like other Corporation reserves. This is the first consideration let the ground be utilised. It was what we advocated when the idea of the reserve was mooted, and our opinion has but strengthened through time. As to the plan proposed by the syndicate, we at present say nothing. It has plenty of precedents at Home. Numerous works that public bodies have been unable to construct have been carried out successfully by companies, and so long as equitable conditions are imposed, it is frequently advantageous to both contracting parties. But it is premature to discuss the question, as under present conditions the Corporation are not in a position to do more than receive the offer.

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The Evening Star WEDNESDAY, MAY 22, 1889., Evening Star, Issue 7913, 22 May 1889

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The Evening Star WEDNESDAY, MAY 22, 1889. Evening Star, Issue 7913, 22 May 1889

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