Tak­ing ad­van­tage of our ge­og­ra­phy

RE: City mulls buy­ing for­mer hospi­tal lands (May 16)

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

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

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