Union Terrace Gardens 11 months on

Eleven months after Aberdeen City Council administration voted against the Aberdeen City Garden Project, the council’s deputy leader Marie Boulton has suggested winding the clock back and reviving the Peacock arts centre plan for Union Terrace Gardens.

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City of Culture bid doomed

The announcement that Aberdeen has failed to make the short leet for the 2017 UK City of Culture is disappointing, but not surprising.

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Aberdeen needs a plan to recover

I have made no secret of my support for the Aberdeen City Garden Project. I saw it as transformational for the city. Something that our forward-thinking forebears (who boldly built the viaduct that is Union Street to create the modern city we know) would have been proud of.

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Aberdeen City Garden the story so far

The idea to create a new civic space in the heart of Aberdeen over the Denburn Valley is not new. But the latest Aberdeen City Garden proposal was approved by a majority of 52% in a March 2012 referendum. But the new council administration aims to vote the plans down. Read More...
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The importance of a vibrant city

I have an old photograph of Aberdeen in the 19th Century, soon after the Granite City gained that title, following the completion of the huge granite viaduct that carries the grandeur of Union Street across the Denburn Valley.

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Dismayed by attempt to derail democracy

Along with a substantial proportion of the local population I am dismayed at the threat to vote out the City Garden proposal for Aberdeen city centre, despite the result of a democratic referendum. Read More...
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City centre investment depends on garden vote

I only discovered last week that the City Garden referendum in Aberdeen has much wider implications than simply the decision between retaining the existing Union Terrace Gardens or creating a new City Garden spanning the Denburn Valley.

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Millennium Park draws visitors into downtown Chicago

At yesterday’s City Garden presentation, one of the first examples of city centre revitalisation presented by Charles Landry, author of City Making and Creative City, was the Millennium Park in Chicago.
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