Comment 79078

By adrian (registered) | Posted July 01, 2012 at 23:32:49

I've always been fascinated by the steel mills and I have dozens of pictures of them. My in-laws live out in the Creek and we're on Burlington Street at least once a week, so I've seen the mills at all times of the year, day and night, and they never fail to fascinate. Most recently I was on the Harbour Queen for the first time, which goes quite close to the mills, and the view from the water offered a fresh look at an amazing sight.

I've never had the chance to get up close, but I'd jump at it if I had one. Doors Open Industrial: I love it, and I bet you'd get a lot of takers across the country for that tour. It'd be an absolutely unique experience.

I'm proud of our industrial heritage and rather than trying to hide the view from the Skyway, I think we should do what we can to work with it. Why not install large industrial sculptures along that stretch of the highway that evoke the mammoth energies and terrific industry that defined Hamilton for decades? Could windmills, installed off-shore but near the mills, provide a clean source of power and act as powerful symbols of a forward-looking city? Or what if we simply illuminated the mills - and the smoke they generate - at night, telling the world that far from being ashamed of our industry, we're proud enough to literally highlight it?

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