Do the people who live in Brantford care, or just the people who live 100 kilometres away in Toronto?
The myopic hicks at Brantford city hall....
Wow. Just wow.
So the smart educated folk from the big city will tell the dumb country 'hicks' what they should do with their town.
It's for their own good though isn't it? We live 100 kilometres away but we know what's best for them.
Here's what your town should look like, in case we ever decide to go for a Sunday drive through it.
To revive this thread - it appears that the desecration of downtown Brantford continues, another block was recently demolished. Colborne Street between 2009 and 2020 looks like it's gone through a war bombing.
I just don't understand how a town can let half of it's history disappear over a period of a decade. It's completely mind blowing.
The south side was partially replaced with a new YMCA building, with an extremely bland street presence:
The western half of the demolished block remains vacant however. The city is apparently in the process of issuing an RFP for it to be redeveloped only now, a decade after demolition. Believe it or not the City actually expropriated the entire south block of Colborne Street and demolished it themselves in some sort of "revitalization effort" (like an empty lot for a decade is revitalizing).
Brantford's original main retail street has now been almost entirely demolished. Between the old Eaton Centre Mall further east and the more recent developments along this block, only a handful of original buildings remain.
While there has been some new development in downtown Brantford over the past decade, including a satellite campus of Laurier University, the downtown remains probably one of the most depressed in the province, especially for a city the size of Brantford.
The pandemic is killing off what few retail stores remain, I sure hope more of these old histrionic blocks don't come down. I was down there a few weeks ago. What a sad empty downtown. It's reminds me of a dying American rust belt city. And the amount of homeless and people with mental illness i saw downtown was staggering. Not a place i would visit at night.