Comment 25749

By jason (registered) | Posted June 28, 2008 at 11:54:38

well, we certainly don't see eye to eye on this, but yes I do view heritage buildings as 'ours'. Just like all Romans view the Colesseum as 'theirs' and all Parisians view the Eiffel Tower as 'theirs'. Despite the notion in our 'modern' society that there is in fact no society anymore, I don't believe it or live it. Some choose to live in isolation in front of TV's and drive-thrus but the fact is, we all live in a society and our history and heritage should be treasured by all of us. I'm thankful for past generations who protected Dundurn Castle, the Pigott Building and plethora of beautiful old churches downtown. They understood society, history and what makes a community great. Heritage designations and enforcement is necessary when rogue, selfish individuals attempt to wipe out valuable pieces of history. If I purchase a heritage building I know exactly what I can and can't do. I don't have the benefit of the city's daily paper acting as my PR firm on the front pages day after day if I attempt to break the law. If LIUNA doesn't like dealing with a heritage property they need to sell it, just like you or I would have to.

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