Comment 514

By Joe (registered) | Posted May 26, 2006 at 23:37:37

What irks me about opposing arguments to LIUNA's proposal is their failure to have a legitimate alternative plan. Anyone out there with with the $$$ to restore the Lister? No? I didn't think so. Let's face it, we're talking about real estate here--businesses exist because they make a profit, so who could blame LIUNA for waiting for a deal that puts money in their pocket? Let's not forget, they're not demolishing the building for a parking lot, they're providing the downtown core with a replica (let's also not forget the current Lister building is also a replica). Based on LIUNA's track record, I have complete faith in their ability to construct an architectural gem. It's insulting to suggest that the people who gave us LIUNA Station are incapable of recreating the Lister. Is this how we should treat such a group?

Bottom line: put up or shut up--we need to support those who actually contribute to rebuilding our downtown, even if their strategy may be the less desirable option (I completely support restoring heritage buildings when feasible). Downtown Hamilton has been left to rot for so many years, and so it amazes me when someone wants to clean it up there is opposition to it. Almost sounds masochistic.

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