Comment 52750

By Shempatolla (registered) - website | Posted December 07, 2010 at 10:54:55

At Capitalist. One of the first loft projects in Canada and I think the first large one in Toronto done by Harry Stinson is a place called The Candy Factory. It is at Queen and Shaw St in the west end. I had recently just started working on the Toronto Fire Dept. I remember thinking "who the hell would want to live there?". Reason being it is directly across the street from CAMH formerly know as the Queen St Psychiatric Hospital. The neighbour hood is full of lodging homes which largely house out patients from CAMH.

This single building started a catalyst on Queen West moving west past Ossington to Dovercourt. Spin off developments have included restraunts, clubs, boutique stores The Drake Hotel, The Gladstone Hotel. There is absolutely no reason these things can't happen in Hamilton's downtown. It takes a change in mindset and a small group of bold people to initiate change. What we really need is for the city to get out of the way.

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