By Letter to the Editor
Published July 15, 2011
As a downtrodden Hamilton Red, I was gratified to learn from a piece in the Spectator of July 12, titled An opportunity for partnership, that Doctors Kelton and Price intend to revitalize me by building a McMaster Health Campus at the corner of Main and Bay in order to offer me the care I "so richly deserve."
This is very good of them and I am of course pleased to shell out my share of the twenty million bucks which the City has dedicated to this noble endeavour. I would only blow it on beer and chips anyway. And I enjoyed the "concept drawing" of the proposed facility. It is another beauty and a fine addition to Fantasy Hamilton.
But I don't see the parking lot in the picture and I wonder how big that baby will be. Judging by the recent Health-led development at Barton and Wellington, the area required is about three times the footprint of the buildings.
This is a lot of asphalt and automobile exhaust, which would seem to offset the Doctors' commitment to public health. And yet they want to partner with the providers of those services. Hmm...
Of course, there need be no contradiction. If health professionals would walk their talk, the problem is easily solved. They could just take up residence downtown closer to their work, and walk or cycle to the job.
Since this is about as likely as the cure for all cancers popping up tomorrow morning, I suggest that our partnership would be better balanced if the docs built their plant, and emitted their respiratory irritants, somewhere on the Mountain, nearer to where they live.
I propose the intersection of Upper James and Rymal Road. This is surely the bleakest part of Hamilton, and is in desperate need of the intensification that a ten story "landmark" building could supply.
As for the concomitant pollution and the endless grey drizzle of marketing jargon about "catalysts" and "revitalization" and "partnerships" eventuating in "a new dimension of care", the Mountain dwellers are far more deserving of them than we degenerate and cynical old city Reds.
I am entirely willing to sacrifice my share of this "care" to my fellow citizens on the hill. It's only fair.
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