We must protect our wonderful city

Imagine the whole of York being like the Stonebow building

Imagine the whole of York being like the Stonebow building

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WE in this country ought to think ourselves lucky in York and other ancient cities that we did not have to completely rebuild them after the war like the rest of Europe did.

Imagine the whole city being like Stonebow. In Europe they took care at rebuilding their cities even to the extent of having the old part separate to the new part.

York is still a wonderful city and we must look after it and the countryside around it.

Robert D Greaves, Alder Way, New Earswick, York.

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2:27pm Sat 8 Mar 14

StarB74 says...

So true! I wish the residents of this beautiful city knew how fortunate they are.
So true! I wish the residents of this beautiful city knew how fortunate they are. StarB74
  • Score: 3

5:59pm Sat 8 Mar 14

Seadog says...

"... like the rest of Europe did."

This is always a difficult issue. Do you replicate that which was lost, or do you start again from scratch? Warsaw replicated (visitors are often astonished to learn that the beautiful main square only dates from the 1950s) whereas Coventry and Berlin more or less started again from scratch.

Obviously this was less of an issue in York were war damage was minimal. Even so, we still have to balance the "Stonebow House is of it's Time" argument with the "Let's get rid of the carbuncle" position. Personally, I think it's a carbuncle ... but I can just about see the argument for keeping it. Possibly. I think ... Maybe ...
"... like the rest of Europe did." This is always a difficult issue. Do you replicate that which was lost, or do you start again from scratch? Warsaw replicated (visitors are often astonished to learn that the beautiful main square only dates from the 1950s) whereas Coventry and Berlin more or less started again from scratch. Obviously this was less of an issue in York were war damage was minimal. Even so, we still have to balance the "Stonebow House is of it's Time" argument with the "Let's get rid of the carbuncle" position. Personally, I think it's a carbuncle ... but I can just about see the argument for keeping it. Possibly. I think ... Maybe ... Seadog
  • Score: 5

8:38am Sun 9 Mar 14

Pinza-C55 says...

Seadog wrote:
"... like the rest of Europe did."

This is always a difficult issue. Do you replicate that which was lost, or do you start again from scratch? Warsaw replicated (visitors are often astonished to learn that the beautiful main square only dates from the 1950s) whereas Coventry and Berlin more or less started again from scratch.

Obviously this was less of an issue in York were war damage was minimal. Even so, we still have to balance the "Stonebow House is of it's Time" argument with the "Let's get rid of the carbuncle" position. Personally, I think it's a carbuncle ... but I can just about see the argument for keeping it. Possibly. I think ... Maybe ...
Stonebow House is certainly "of it's time" but that has long since passed.
[quote][p][bold]Seadog[/bold] wrote: "... like the rest of Europe did." This is always a difficult issue. Do you replicate that which was lost, or do you start again from scratch? Warsaw replicated (visitors are often astonished to learn that the beautiful main square only dates from the 1950s) whereas Coventry and Berlin more or less started again from scratch. Obviously this was less of an issue in York were war damage was minimal. Even so, we still have to balance the "Stonebow House is of it's Time" argument with the "Let's get rid of the carbuncle" position. Personally, I think it's a carbuncle ... but I can just about see the argument for keeping it. Possibly. I think ... Maybe ...[/p][/quote]Stonebow House is certainly "of it's time" but that has long since passed. Pinza-C55
  • Score: 9

9:51am Sun 9 Mar 14

YOUWILLDOASISAY says...

StarB74 wrote:
So true! I wish the residents of this beautiful city knew how fortunate they are.
YES!, how positively ignorant the residents must be.

Our great fortune is having our betters remind us of such gifts.
[quote][p][bold]StarB74[/bold] wrote: So true! I wish the residents of this beautiful city knew how fortunate they are.[/p][/quote]YES!, how positively ignorant the residents must be. Our great fortune is having our betters remind us of such gifts. YOUWILLDOASISAY
  • Score: 0

10:02am Sun 9 Mar 14

ZachCohen says...

Anyone else think the footprint for stonebow house would be the perfect size for a bus station that York needs?
Anyone else think the footprint for stonebow house would be the perfect size for a bus station that York needs? ZachCohen
  • Score: 2

8:16pm Sun 9 Mar 14

Jonthan says...

ZachCohen wrote:
Anyone else think the footprint for stonebow house would be the perfect size for a bus station that York needs?
Unfortunately it is too far from the train station to be any use as an integrated transport system
[quote][p][bold]ZachCohen[/bold] wrote: Anyone else think the footprint for stonebow house would be the perfect size for a bus station that York needs?[/p][/quote]Unfortunately it is too far from the train station to be any use as an integrated transport system Jonthan
  • Score: 4

7:08pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Pinza-C55 says...

Jonthan wrote:
ZachCohen wrote:
Anyone else think the footprint for stonebow house would be the perfect size for a bus station that York needs?
Unfortunately it is too far from the train station to be any use as an integrated transport system
It has no relevance to the RAILWAY STATION ( not "train station" ) but it would make sense to rearrange it for easier bus stops after the hideous excrescence was demolished.
[quote][p][bold]Jonthan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ZachCohen[/bold] wrote: Anyone else think the footprint for stonebow house would be the perfect size for a bus station that York needs?[/p][/quote]Unfortunately it is too far from the train station to be any use as an integrated transport system[/p][/quote]It has no relevance to the RAILWAY STATION ( not "train station" ) but it would make sense to rearrange it for easier bus stops after the hideous excrescence was demolished. Pinza-C55
  • Score: 5

8:11am Tue 11 Mar 14

Jonthan says...

Pinza-C55 wrote:
Jonthan wrote:
ZachCohen wrote:
Anyone else think the footprint for stonebow house would be the perfect size for a bus station that York needs?
Unfortunately it is too far from the train station to be any use as an integrated transport system
It has no relevance to the RAILWAY STATION ( not "train station" ) but it would make sense to rearrange it for easier bus stops after the hideous excrescence was demolished.
If we were looking for a guardian of the constantly evolving language Pinza, I doubt if you would be shortlisted. Not if you reach for ugly words like excrescence
Odd that you think transport services do not need to be integrated.
[quote][p][bold]Pinza-C55[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jonthan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ZachCohen[/bold] wrote: Anyone else think the footprint for stonebow house would be the perfect size for a bus station that York needs?[/p][/quote]Unfortunately it is too far from the train station to be any use as an integrated transport system[/p][/quote]It has no relevance to the RAILWAY STATION ( not "train station" ) but it would make sense to rearrange it for easier bus stops after the hideous excrescence was demolished.[/p][/quote]If we were looking for a guardian of the constantly evolving language Pinza, I doubt if you would be shortlisted. Not if you reach for ugly words like excrescence Odd that you think transport services do not need to be integrated. Jonthan
  • Score: -1

11:58am Tue 11 Mar 14

York Fox says...

Jonthan wrote:
Pinza-C55 wrote:
Jonthan wrote:
ZachCohen wrote:
Anyone else think the footprint for stonebow house would be the perfect size for a bus station that York needs?
Unfortunately it is too far from the train station to be any use as an integrated transport system
It has no relevance to the RAILWAY STATION ( not "train station" ) but it would make sense to rearrange it for easier bus stops after the hideous excrescence was demolished.
If we were looking for a guardian of the constantly evolving language Pinza, I doubt if you would be shortlisted. Not if you reach for ugly words like excrescence
Odd that you think transport services do not need to be integrated.
Quite right, of course any bus station needs to be very near the train station, failure to integrate transport is infuriating! Re. 'train station' does it matter, really!? Surely if 'train station' is unacceptable then so is 'bus station'? Perhaps we should call them 'Road Stations'?
[quote][p][bold]Jonthan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Pinza-C55[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jonthan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ZachCohen[/bold] wrote: Anyone else think the footprint for stonebow house would be the perfect size for a bus station that York needs?[/p][/quote]Unfortunately it is too far from the train station to be any use as an integrated transport system[/p][/quote]It has no relevance to the RAILWAY STATION ( not "train station" ) but it would make sense to rearrange it for easier bus stops after the hideous excrescence was demolished.[/p][/quote]If we were looking for a guardian of the constantly evolving language Pinza, I doubt if you would be shortlisted. Not if you reach for ugly words like excrescence Odd that you think transport services do not need to be integrated.[/p][/quote]Quite right, of course any bus station needs to be very near the train station, failure to integrate transport is infuriating! Re. 'train station' does it matter, really!? Surely if 'train station' is unacceptable then so is 'bus station'? Perhaps we should call them 'Road Stations'? York Fox
  • Score: 0

12:01pm Tue 11 Mar 14

York Fox says...

And regarding Stonebow, I direct anyone who thinks all brutalist architecture to the excellent documentary on Brutalist architecture by Jonathan Meades on BBC4 recently. It should open your eyes to the inherent beauty, importance and interest in such architecture, and more importantly to the lacklustre cr*p that would likely replace it!
And regarding Stonebow, I direct anyone who thinks all brutalist architecture to the excellent documentary on Brutalist architecture by Jonathan Meades on BBC4 recently. It should open your eyes to the inherent beauty, importance and interest in such architecture, and more importantly to the lacklustre cr*p that would likely replace it! York Fox
  • Score: 1

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