Comment 84751

By LOL all over again (anonymous) | Posted January 06, 2013 at 11:34:48

It is incredibly easy to sit in an other city and cry over the proposed destruction of old buildings. Especially when you know absolutely nothing about these buildings. As far as I know no one has done any kind of inspection however rudimentary into the state of these buildings. Instead they dismiss the owners contention that the amount of money needed to repair them is beyond the value of the buildings. How would they know? Obviously they don't and simply want to argue the sentiment and emotions of the issue and stay well clear of the facts. I have had some limited experience with century buildings and if someone tells me the foundation is crumbling I have no trouble believing them. In fact I would be somewhat surprised if they told me otherwise. A hundred or hundred and fifty years ago the mortar and cement were at a much lower standard then they are today. Some buildings were built with superior trades people but too many were built with average tradespeople and cheap labour to get the job done as quickly and cheaply as possible. Much like today.

I like to look at a person's record or history before I come to conclusions about their motives and likely future actions. Wilson Blanchard's history of restoring a very large old building right here in Hamilton gives them a little credibility in my mind.

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