By Ryan McGreal
Published August 03, 2007
I'm not sure if anyone writing for RTH even knew about the Dynes Tavern until its owner demolished it to make room for a housing development.
A search of the Hamilton Spectator archive turns up an article from May 14 by the indomitable Paul Wilson and a July 17 report by Nicole MacIntyre on a last-minute heritage assessmenet which neighbouring residents hoped would put the planned demolition on hold.
Bill Dunphy reports in today's Spec that the city is planning to charge the owner, Anthony DePasquale, for demolishing the building without a permit.
Of course, in exchange for the million dollars riding on the land sale to Branthaven homes, even a $200,000 fine is still a bargain.
However, while the issue has appeared in the news, no one here was primed to pick up on it the way that we picked up on, say, the fate of the Lister Block.
That fact is that RTH tends to focus on downtown and southwest Hamilton to the exclusion of other areas. We report on the areas in which we live, the areas most likely to affect us.
This is a problem. Hamilton is a big place, and the fates of its various neighourhoods and wards are connected.
Unfortunately, we don't have the resources to dispatch reporters and support columnists the way a daily newspaper does. We function through the volunteer efforts of our contributors and readers.
We would love to extend our coverage and analysis across more of the city, but to do that, we need people who are willing to cover those areas.
If you live in the North or East end, or the East Mountain, or Stoney Creek, or Dundas, or Ancaster, or Glanbrook, and would like to contribute, please get in touch with us.
We'd love to hear about more such events before it's too late to do anything about it. On a more basic level, we're eager to expand our perspective and focus aso RTH is as honest, fair and comprehensive as possible.