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2nd and Long?

By Ryan McGreal
Published January 29, 2009

A letter published in today's Spectator recommends "tearing down one (or both) of two empty, decaying behemoths: the Lister Block and the Royal Connaught Hotel" to build a new sports stadium downtown.

I think this is a great idea. Obviously, we can build half the stadium on the Lister Block site and the other half on the Connaught site. Think of the awesome field goals!

(Filed under: WTF?)

Ryan McGreal, the editor of Raise the Hammer, lives in Hamilton with his family and works as a programmer, writer and consultant. Ryan volunteers with Hamilton Light Rail, a citizen group dedicated to bringing light rail transit to Hamilton. Ryan writes a city affairs column in Hamilton Magazine, and several of his articles have been published in the Hamilton Spectator. His articles have also been published in The Walrus and HuffPost. He maintains a personal website, has been known to share passing thoughts on Twitter and Facebook, and posts the occasional cat photo on Instagram.

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By Rusty (registered) - website | Posted January 29, 2009 at 10:58:01

Obviously a ridiculous letter...which begs the question: Why did the Spec print it? Hasn't the Lister saga been resolved? Isn't building over the site no longer an option? So why would the Spec print a useless POV like this?

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By highwater (registered) | Posted January 29, 2009 at 14:32:38

Obviously written by someone whose only acquaintance with downtown is through the Spec's own coverage, so it's all conflated in his/her fevered mind: LISTERNAUGHT! TEAR DOWN! TEAR DOWN! TEAR DOWN! I'm surprised they didn't throw City Hall in there too.

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By A Smtih (anonymous) | Posted January 29, 2009 at 14:54:40

Highwater, now you're starting to make some sense.

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By the anti-smith (anonymous) | Posted January 30, 2009 at 09:36:20

^troll

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By Berhal (anonymous) | Posted January 30, 2009 at 17:29:22

Why not stick it where those vast parking lots off of Rebecca and John are? Must be more than enough room there, and its already flat. Put in a couple levels of underground parking and maybe a parking building nearby, and the lost parking spots are recovered. Sure would be better than the eyesore that is the concrete field of cars.

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By Humbletown Speculator (anonymous) | Posted February 08, 2009 at 12:52:53

It can only be the wildest of paranoid speculation to suggest that, as community leaders, editors and publishers at The Spec published this letter to make the idea of a suburban stadium accessible only by highway seem like a viable and rational alternative.

There is nothing to support this idea whatsoever.

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By Arroganttown Activist (anonymous) | Posted February 08, 2009 at 19:44:53

@Humbletown Speculator

I don't see anyone suggesting that. Maybe you're just a paranoid "paranoid conspiracy theorist" theorist...

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By Humbletown Speculator (anonymous) | Posted February 10, 2009 at 12:05:13

Dear Arroganttown Activist:

Ha! It is to laugh.

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