Comment 36929

By arienc (registered) | Posted January 10, 2010 at 09:44:08

The big problem with old buildings...they cost a LOT to properly maintain/restore back to the glory they had when they were first built. Craftsmanship like what we had before the turn of the century no longer exists.

With all of our increased knowledge and technology, it is shameful that we can no longer build like we once could. But that's a good topic for another article.

We have to ask ourselves what kind of city we want...a city full of old buildings that our businesses and residents can't afford to maintain properly, thereby atracting vulture developers who plan to demolish by neglect, or a city full of cheaper buildings that have much less character, but can support businesses that Hamiltonians of all income levels can afford to patronize or live in.

At this point, I'd be willing to give more leeway to citizens who have actual concrete plans and the money to bring residents and businesses in (and NOT parking lots), than to designate all these properties and continue to see them rot away with the status quo.

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