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THE TRIANGLE.

TO THE EDITOB.

Sir, -Post-cards have been issued, and the burgesses are now called on to vote as to the disposal of the Triangle. _ As there are a good many citizens comparatively indifferent about the matter, who say “ I don’t know that I should object to a market there,” and who will probably vote for the proposal, it behoves everyone who desires to see our only open space of sufficient area to be made

an ornament to the town preserved for our 1 children to vote against the proposal. In j the hope that I may decide some waverers | I crave space for a few propositions. It is ' always dangerous to tinker with reserves—they are more easily lost than obtained. ! Dunedin is not ripe for a market. If one were opened to-morrow it would not be j largely patronised. If it were it would only j take the trade from the shopkeepers. _ Even , if a market were required the main en- ' trance to the town is not the most desirable position. . “ The space is not wanted as a “lung” at present, but may it not be so required when all the reclaimed land beyond the railway is thickly covered with high warehouses and factories. Even if not wanted as a “ lung,” it should be preserved for testhetic reasons. It is the only large open space wo can ever have in a central place in Dunedin, It does not require any great stretch of imagination to picture the Triangle, say fifty years hence, ornamented with statues and fountains (the gift of wealthy citizens) and surrounded by a grove of stately trees, beneath whose shade the citizens, seated on comfortable benches, might enjoy themselves listening to a band, smoking a quiet pipe, or by whispering words of love. It might, and ought to, be “ the drawing room of the poor,” to use Dr j Belcher’s phrase. ( If the present vote be in favor of the proposal. the improvements contemplated by ' the Council and the Amenities Society, cannot be carried out; and as the Bill is certain not to pass Parliament, the result will be that the reserve will remain in its present disgraceful state all through the exhibition year, and probably longer, as it is by no means certain that the persons who have promised such liberal subscriptions will let their promises stand good for another year. I could say a great deal more, but I have probably said enough. Citizens, vote aqainsl the proposal—l am, ate., Hands Off. Dunedin, June 8.

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THE TRIANGLE., Issue 7928, 8 June 1889

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THE TRIANGLE. Issue 7928, 8 June 1889

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