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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. Several of his articles have been published in the Hamilton Spectator. He also maintains a personal website and has been known to post passing thoughts on Twitter @RyanMcGreal.

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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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