Comment 48018

By Undustrial (registered) - website | Posted September 21, 2010 at 16:00:28

As annoyed as I've been by the poor-bashing antics of Milne and Santucci, I have to say this is pretty sad. It seems that while getting millions of dollars from City Hall to let buildings sit idle is easy, getting permission to continue using one isn't.

The point here is to make owning a business, venue or establishment nearly impossible for "ordinary people". I can fix a building up - re-do floors, walls, rooftops etc, and I know a lot of cheap tricks to make an old room look really cool.

What I couldn't do is any of the standard developer "tricks of the trade" in town; gutting a building down to the support beams, like the Howard Johnson, knocking down neighbouring buildings for parking lots or navigating the complex maze of city hall bureaucracies which prevent people like us from doing interesting things with buildings.

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