Make Old City Hall a mu­seum

Toronto Star - - TORONTO STAR -

Re A very bad idea for a great build­ing, Sept. 30 I very much agree with Ed­ward Keenan. Surely we can do more for this grand build­ing. Toronto is long over­due for hav­ing a city mu­seum re­count­ing its var­ied history and con­tri­bu­tions to the coun­try and be­yond our borders.

On my trav­els around the world, I make it a point to visit these mu­se­ums to learn more about the cities I’m vis­it­ing. Syd­ney, Lon­don, Cape Town, Rio, Paris, Frank­furt, Sin­ga­pore, Shang­hai, Mon­treal, Van­cou­ver — cities that as­pire to “world class” all want to tell visi­tors about their history.

And while we do have sev­eral in­di­vid­ual city mu­se­ums (Macken­zie House, Fort York; the First Par­lia­ment in­ter­pre­tive cen­tre has re­verted to an au­to­mo­bile show­room) we still have noth­ing that tells lo­cals and visi­tors our story, from the set­tle­ments of the First Peo­ples, to the ar­rival of the first Euro­peans, and on­ward through to­day.

So let’s not waste an op­por­tu­nity to do some­thing last­ing with a trea­sure of a build­ing. Toronto doesn’t need a Queen Vic­to­ria Build­ing, a clas­sic Vic­to­rian struc­ture in Syd­ney, Aus­tralia, that was turned into yet another re­tail mall. David Bal­con, Toronto

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