Coun­cil messed up on Gore de­mo­li­tions

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION - RE: Gore Park re­de­vel­op­ment

News of Hamil­ton city coun­cil­lors’ vote to de­mol­ish his­toric Gore Park build­ings, in ad­di­tion to their ef­forts to open parts of the Niagara Fruit Belt for devel­op­ment, leave me won­der­ing what is wrong with them.

Hav­ing lived in Kingston, Ot­tawa, Que­bec City and Derry North­ern Ire­land, I’ve seen how th­ese cities ap­pre­ci­ate their her­itage build­ings, pro­tect, re­store them and then ben­e­fit from th­ese unique char­ac­ter build­ings.

Imag­ine Kingston coun­cil­lors vot­ing to de­mol­ish the charm­ing old lime­stone build­ings that de­fine that city’s core, for steel and glass con­dos! They found money to save their her­itage build­ings. Why can’t we? Hamil­ton de­serves to have its past pre­served and re­stored, so fu­ture gen­er­a­tions can ex­pe­ri­ence the charm of our her­itage in jux­ta­po­si­tion with the new de­vel­op­ments down­town.

Bravo to the On­tario gov­ern­ment for re­ject­ing Hamil­ton’s re­quest to re­move ten­der fruit lands from Green­belt pro­tec­tion. Coun­cil­lors demon­strated lack of vi­sion want­ing to al­low more devel­op­ment on th­ese lands in­stead of pro­mot­ing the fruit farm­ing ac­tiv­i­ties. The Niagara Fruit Belt is a gift. One of just three ma­jor fruit grow­ing ar­eas in Canada, uniquely en­dowed ge­o­graph­i­cally for fruit grow­ing. And it’s right on our doorstep!

Our obli­ga­tion is to cel­e­brate and pro­tect the Niagara Fruit Belt, and the Gore Her­itage build­ings, for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions ... not carve up for devel­op­ers to build on, pave over and de­stroy. Mar­ion Shy­nal, Stoney Creek

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