Blame council, don’t blame the Claremont
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