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TO BE OR NOT TO BE?, Issue 7916, 25 May 1889
TO BE OR NOT TO BE?
TO THE EDITOR.
Sir,—The discussion now going on relating to the conversion of the Triangle into a practical, useful, as well as ornamental purpose, is assuming somewhat ludicrous developments. Should nothing come of the project set forth by the promoters of the scheme, their action will, however, have had its good effects. In the first place it has brought to light the fact that a wholesale and retail market and corn exchange are necessities which must be secured. Then tho idea of building a safe, clean, roomy theatre has urged the proprietors of the Princess's to devise some means of at once improving that unsavory, dingy place of resort, and even caused a meeting to be held with a view to building a new opera-house in Dunedin, and last, though not least, it haß developed the oratorical talent of some of the councillors. Cr Fish's speech on Wednesday night was remarkable— being in every word temperate, well conceived, and to the point. Of course we have had the usual number of letters from various correspondents, and gome excellent leaders from the editorial pensof the daily journals, evidently writtenby gentlemen who have the welfare of the community at heart. . The adjournment of the discussion for another week will enable a few more correspondents to further ventilate the subject. Let us hope that bofore next Wednesday sufficient light will have been cast on it to enable the City fathers to bring the matter to a close. I fail to see what the delay and hesitation means at this early stage. The question at present before the City Council is^" that it is desirable to petition the Legislature to empower the Corporation to utilise as they may deem fit a now useless piece of ground in this City." If this has to be done at all, it needs to be done within the ensuing month, therefore no time must be wasted in idle talk as to " what will ultimately be done with the said land." There will he ample time to discuss the various phases of the scheme when the Legislature has sanctioned the request of the Corporation. Meanwhile it is admitted on all sides that the Corporation is not in a position to spend L3O 000 in City improvements. A powerful and wealthy syndicate offer to come to the rescue, spend the money, embellish the City provide it with several institutions whioh all agree are sadly wanted. These it is proposed to place on the Tnang'e, without, however, taking up more than onefourth cf its area, converting the balance into a handsomely-planted pleasure ground, provided with shady trees, fountains, seats, .etc., eto. ' „, What can the objections be to this ? That this syndicate may possibly get 10 or 15 per
cent, for their outlay. Who can blame them: Those who are not in the *' swim," or perhaps a few narrow-minded individuals of the «' dog in the manger " breed. Such people are unfortunately in large numbers in small communities. Another objection I notice is that LSOO is too low a rental for the privilege the syndicate seek, That also is open for discussion, considering that only a small area of the laud (not fronting the main streets) is asked for. Furthermore, the syndicate, I understand, is quite willing to allow the Corporation to resume the entire possession of the Triangle, together with all improvements, on most liberal terms, at stated periods during the fifty years' lease.—l am, etc., Hamlet. Dunedin, May 24.
TO BE OR NOT TO BE?, Issue 7916, 25 May 1889
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