Taking advantage of our geography
RE: City mulls buying former hospital lands (May 16)
I understand that the city is interested in purchasing several hectares of land west of the new St. Joseph’s hospital facility on Fennell Avenue. It’s a logical idea — and a good one — to keep as much of this as possible in the hands of Hamiltonians.
Perched on the edge of the escarpment, which is often considered an obstacle, it is prime land with wonderful views across the Head of the Lake. Other cities (one not too far away) have to build towers and skyscrapers to get comparable views and, always, they put restaurants on the top.
Hamilton has a huge opportunity to build a restaurant here along the brow, with a large patio for enjoying the summer and fall months. We need to use the escarpment to our advantage in this instance.
In fact, I am very surprised that this hasn’t been done already somewhere along our Mountain Brow. Now is the time and, since this would sit on a historic property, it could be combined with a museum quality display of its past as well as an interpretive centre about the Niagara Escarpment.
Let’s not dilly-dally on this one! It’s very simple and straightforward and it could be a big money maker for the city, attracting tourists and locals alike. Peter L. Hill, Hamilton