Comment 90513

By hamurray (registered) | Posted July 27, 2013 at 11:15:50

This surviving historical architecture is one of the many things that drew me to Hamilton from Toronto 16 years ago. While I am heartened that the Lister Block, for instance, was saved from exactly the type of "facade only" bs that is now proposed for Gore, I was saddened to see it turned into office space. There is scads of existing vacant office space in the core already. The revitalization of the core will not be achieved by simply adding to the 9-5 crowd. We need more people living and making consumer purchases in the core. This requires a better blend of venues and services than is presently available. The proximity to highway and transit travel makes the core a prime location for commuters who are tired of the congestion and outlandish real estate prices in Toronto, Mississauga, Oakville and Burlington in addition to those of us who also work in Hamilton and choose not to drive. Fewer dollar stores, parking lots and payday loan locations - more boutiques, cafes and green spaces would go a long way towards making the core a pleasure to inhabit day and night year round. God forbid we see the same type of renovation that befell the Centre Mall - total abomination for anyone who doesn't drive and not even particularly convenient for those who do. Nor do we need to be surrounded by so many high rise towers that you never see the light of day.

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