Instead of trying to hide the buildings in amongst some alien towers, imaginative developers could seize the opportunity to celebrate that history...
This sort of deliberate misrepresentation just isn't funny anymore. No towers are currently proposed, and a review of past proposals will demonstrate that only ONE concept ever involved a tower (and a single short tower at that).
Suffice it to say, if 5- or 6-story buildings are towers then Victoria's old town is full of towers. And yet Victoria's old town ISN'T full of towers. The critics want to have things both ways.
The call for more imagination on the part of developers is really insulting to anyone who has any familiarity with this saga. The redevelopment proposals have been numerous and they've ranged wildly in architectural style, massing, and sheer size. You don't need to take my word for it. You can easily check the past concepts for yourself.
The myriad past concepts illustrate (literally) how misplaced these notions are about supposedly unimaginative NJ developers. Rather, it's the overly imaginative critics that have been the real problem. They continue to criticize monstrous redevelopment concepts that exist only in their minds.
I still haven't seen or heard anything that would lead me to believe the forces of eternal opposition have ever bothered to seriously consider any of the proposals to save those old buildings. After ~12 frickin' years! This entire saga has fully exposed the falseness at the core of "heritage preservation" politics in Victoria.