I want to express my deep appreciation to City Council for their decision to designate the Gore Park buildings. I know that some Councillors may have concerns, but I believe that the entire community of Hamilton will benefit from this decision. Hamilton has a bright future and people value the past because of what it can do for the future.
18-28 King Street East (RTH file photo)
I also view Gore Park and its buildings not only as heritage of this City, but also of the Province. By protecting the City's heritage, we are protecting the critical role that Hamilton played in building Upper Canada and later Ontario.
Finally, my family has worked or lived in Hamilton for over 100 years. As blacksmiths and small business owners, my father, grand-father, and great grand-father lived and celebrated in the landscapes and buildings of Hamilton. So saving the historical character of the Gore is not only saving architectural history but family histories, as well.
I know designation does not end the struggle to save the Gore, but this remarkable decision deserves recognition and appreciation.
Again, thank you and well-done.
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