By Mary Louise Pigott
Published February 13, 2009
(Published as a letter to the editor in today's Hamilton Spectator.)
I am disheartened but not surprised that we are on the verge of losing the Pearl Company, one of the finest visual arts and performing spaces in the city.
My daughter is fortunate to be participating in a children's program there, so I know first-hand the benefits this facility brings to our community.
It is extremely disingenuous of city representative Al Fletcher to suggest that a $7,000 fee, the outlandish requirement of 150 parking spaces and potentially tens of thousands in fines would not create difficulties for a nonprofit arts organization.
I admire his dedication to clamping down on illegal uses, however. Perhaps when all the artists have been run out of town, he can turn his attention to the developers who operate illegal parking lots on the site of demolished buildings, practise demolition by neglect and continue to build homes without permits with impunity.
A better use of the Pearl Company's meagre resources might be to incorporate as Santucci Development.
Then maybe the city would give them a break.
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