Blame coun­cil, don’t blame the Clare­mont

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION - RE: Clare­mont Ac­cess prob­lems

The au­thor of a re­cent nos­tal­gic ar­ti­cle claimed “Our City engi­neers thought they would try some­thing new” to sta­bi­lize the Clare­mont rock-face. So wrong.

He ought to have taken the time to read the 1968 Proc­tor and Red­fern re­port to the City. (It’s in the pub­lic library!) In fact, Canada’s premier en­gi­neer­ing de­sign firm ad­vised the City to use this technology.

He then segued into a rant about “carte blanche” to cars. I ad­vise him to have con­ver­sa­tions with the tens of thou­sands of West­ing­house, P&G, Stelco, Do­fasco and other em­ploy­ees who chose to live on the Moun­tain and com­mute to work. Their wages built this city and they made the best de­ci­sions they could. This road was built for them.

Speak­ing of good de­ci­sions; the wall has lasted more than 40 years. Yes, it needs repairs — not re­place­ment. So what? The City had ad­e­quate no­tice last July. Want to point fin­gers? Look to our road in­fra­struc­ture-ad­verse Coun­cil which only seems to act when events (fall­ing walls, etc.) oblige them to. Barry Spin­ner, Hamil­ton

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