of encroaching Skyscrapers:
Fortunately the planners went against Ken and chopped several floors off most of the buildings about to go up around London.
Now, they would just get rid of the gherkin and the armadillo, both of which are very close to the Tower. Ah, well. I suspect the Tower will outlast both of those monstrosities. It seems to outlast everything else.
Nonsense. Its just the usual UN meddling in the affairs of soverign states. What do they expect, to demolish everthing around the Tower? Frankly I don't see how having skyscrapers nearby affects the Tower at all, it's not like you can just pretend you aren't in the middle of a huge city. The commerical needs of the City should come first.
How can a building lose its historic value just because of what's going up around it? Bizarre.
When we were in San Antonio, a guide told us that there are building codes in place to disallow the building of anything that will cast a shadow over the Alamo. But, I guess it's already too late for that with the Tower (and other London historic landmarks.) :o)
I actually think having these new gleaming towers around the old stately tower will just be one more interesting, even attractive, feature of London. If the new buildings are simple and striking they complement the old - I remember the colonial churches in Boston looking rather appealing next to the skyscrapers there.
The last time the Tower had great views from anywhere but the riverside was 1940 when Hitler was doing some redevelopment work in London
Must agree with Jim. Lee made the point that historical value does not diminish either. Acutally well preserved history can look very interesting when blended with new - in my opinion.
It's all down to personal taste. In Paris they built the shiny new business district well up the road in la Defense and kept the old city as it was.
When Canary Wharf was built and has now become successful, I was under the impression that any new skyscrapers would be raised up there and not the City. However, they've probably run out of space there and so it seems they are sticking them up in town.
Personally, I can see that some people will enjoy the contrast and say that it is pleasing on the eye. For me though, I prefer the old buildings to be left untroubled by new 40 storey neighbours.
dicanio10 ~> Good point about Paris. It's really about planning out the redevelopment. Unfortunately I think big business wins out far too often and cities will do whatever it takes to get the tax £ rolling in. They should have a scheme for how they want to see different area evolve especially around the most historical areas.