Comment 90589

By Viggaz (anonymous) | Posted August 01, 2013 at 12:09:48

This is a difficult debate, there are multiples sides to the issue. Part of me agrees that Hamilton should strive to preserve it's heritage by maintaining and protecting as many buildings that are left from the late 1800's and early 1900's as possible. I know that for myself, I go through Hamilton and wish I could see and visit the many places that have long been demolished and I would ask that this privilege be something that future Hamiltonians are granted. On the other hand, I think it is an incorrect assumption that people want to live and work in older buildings simply because of their old-world charm. I think young people and upwardly mobiles who would consider living and raising families in the downtown core might prefer something much more modern. Many, many people do not strive to live in an old building or home filled with antique furniture, and making way for buildings that reflect a 21st century aesthetic and the desire for modern amenities is sound. That said, what Hamilton DOESN'T need is a slumlord like Blanchard. This is a man with clearly zero investment or vision for the future of Hamilton on the whole, who clearly doesn't want to participate in a measured and considered plan for the future development of our city.

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