By Ryan McGreal
Published February 04, 2009
Why are we seriously entertaining the idea of spending $2 million on a glass-enclosed lobby for City Hall?
Just two months ago, there was no money to clad the building in limestone, an upgrade that would cost $3 million and would be much more consistent with the building's architectural heritage designation.
A few months before that, there was no money for a green roof, an investment that would pay for itself over the building's life cycle in lower energy bills while demonstrating leadership in sustainable design - a goal the Emergency and Community Services Committee thought should apply to all new and retrofitted buildings in the city.
Compared to these rejected projects, the glass lobby seems pretty flimsy. Please, don't choose the empty "wow" of style over substance.
If Hamilton may be entitled to some infrastructure stimulus funding for the City Hall renovation, let's make sure we spend the money on a project that will bring real, long-term value to the building and to the city.
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