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Today, readers comment on a high rise development and Government Architect concerns, and making SA great.

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Commenting on the story: City developement set for approval despite Govt Architect concerns

As the State Planning Panel cannot go to Paris during COVID, I suggest they look online and see that the charm and delight of cities such as Paris results from the fact that they don’t build seventeen story buildings out of character with the heritage values of their  surrounding neighbourhood.

Adelaide is a beautiful city.

Back our Government Architect and take her advice. Kerry Heysen Hicks

The proposed hotel development would look entirely out of place, in my view.

Do we need any more high rise hotels in Adelaide when tourist numbers are in doubt in the future? Janice Old

Why are we continuing to allow developments that are so obviously out of sync and necessity, in an area of Adelaide city where we should be so determined to retain as a historic footprint to of our ‘history’, ‘liveability’ and ‘personable’ city scape.

When do the peoples’ voices actually get heard again, instead of just a group of unseen and unknowns who have vested interests due to their various related professions.  

Why have a state Architect and take no notice?

This is a case where lines in the sand are needed and to say no, enough!  

Our city is not a ‘business’ or a ‘corporate’ entity, where like shareholders the benefits only go to just a few.  

The fabric of our cities, towns, and suburbs must be shaped by all of us so we all get to enjoy a diversity of living.

Say enough, and please take a stand. Mariann McNamara

Commenting on the story: Pandemic plugs SA’s brain drain – for now

I am both an Australian and a South Australian by choice, and my views are that despite the migration program bringing thousands of qualified expatriates into Adelaide yearly, we are missing the chance to put those people to work and to build businesses and jobs for all South Australians, by birth or by choice.

My story is similar to many others: I came to Adelaide for post-grad studies, fell in love with the place, applied for residence and, once I was granted, could never find a job in the same field despite having relevant experience in the field.

The reasons were always around ‘lack of local experience’, as if this has any relevance to being good at something. Contrary to many, I chose to stay and build my own thing in the place I chose to call home but many of my mates (South Aussies by birth or choice) moved interstate.

We need to be aggressive as a state and ever more aggressive as a city and, no, we don’t need the whole “Melbourne V Adelaide” rivalry as we are great and should know so.

We must love Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Hobart, Perth, Darwin and Canberra as we are all Australians. but Adelaide has its own advantages and it isn’t just about drinking wine and looking out the window: we, as a city, have produced a great cadre of people since SA’s beginning as well as many great ideas.

It isn’t about looking at the mirror but rather acknowledging our way of thinking, our great community and our contributions to the nation and to the world, wrap it into a package to bring entrepreneurs and established businesses to SA.

After all, where else would anyone who had the option to live here choose to live? Fabio Braga Vasconcelos

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