By Letter to the Editor
Published March 06, 2013
I would completely agree with the recent comments about revitalization not necessitating demolition of old buildings, which could look quite beautiful with some attention to restoring and preserving the exterior features while adapting interiors to new purposes.
My suggestion would be that you look at the downtown of Collingwood, which has a very attractive 'streetscape' with the Victorian and Edwardian era buildings and also has restoration projects which are award winning and have produced very functional and well-used spaces for commerce and the arts.
It's a small town so it would not take long to view the downtown, but it might well be worth it. The town website, as well as the site for The Tremont, might give you enough of an idea of what's been accomplished that you might want to talk to Rick and Anke Lex who have been instrumental in this preservation and restoration work (and who won a heritage award for their work).
I was born and grew up in Hamilton and am happy to be living elsewhere, but there are some beautiful old buildings there, the preservation of which might add to the downtown core's appeal.
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