Comment 84545

By t.w. (anonymous) | Posted December 29, 2012 at 20:47:51

Nowhere on earth, in all of human history, has there been a positive outcome from erasing the past (ask any Cambodian). Of course, there are innumerable examples of societies that thrive on their traditions and profit from their distinct and well-preserved history. These buildings are a monument to a time when Hamilton was a vibrant and first-rate city, as such, they are a point of pride and proof that it is possible for Hamilton to be such a place… of course erasing that past would hide the bankruptcy of wisdom and foresight that characterizes our current and recent City Councils.

The most important thing to remember is that once these things are gone, they are gone forever. So we’d better be certain beyond all doubt before we let this happen. David Blanchard led everyone to believe that we had time to figure out whether these buildings needed heritage designation or other protection by publicly stating that he would not be renewing his tenants leases when they ran out in 2014. This permit was taken out in bad faith and should be denied on those grounds alone, regardless of whether the buildings should come down when proper assessments have been done.

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