To those in favour of tearing them down, the 41 heritage buildings on Colborne St. in Brantford are decaying relics of the past.
To those who would save them, they represent the future.
But if Brantford council gets its way, the structures will be destroyed anyway, perhaps as soon as this week.
What is perhaps even more worrying is that the heritage demolition proponents do not have a plan as to what to do with the soon to be empty lots:
After 30 years of waiting ... a majority on council is anxious to continue down the trail of destruction begun decades ago. Not even the absence of a plan deters these would-be wreckers. They're not pursuing demolition to make way for something bigger and better, just to clear the site. Not only is this dumb, it's self-destructive.
When I was younger, if I don't know the root cause of a problem, I would re-frame it. Tired all day? Eat more fruit. Unhappy in life? Move house. In essence I would guess my way out of a predicament. Sometimes it worked, but more often than not it made things worse.
It seems to me that Brantford City Council are taking the same illogical approach.
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