The construction consortium will be in place and some early work could begin as early as mid-2018.
In this one screenshot below, there are 10 buildings set to be demolished including a beautiful historic Scotia Bank (now Hakim Optical), a relic of the past Martin's Bowl, a few restos and dozens of affordable apartments.
^I don't see any right turn lanes there. I do question the need of the Scotiabank though, it looks as though that property impact could be mitigated with some adjustments.
Downtown Hamilton is in serious need of renewal, and permanent transit is known to be one of the best drivers of improvement. Heritage protection doesn't mean saving everything. You have to be willing to lose a few buildings in order to save the city.There is a choice.
Do we complain and bitch (or join the NOLRT team)?
Or do we ACTUALLY do something?
We should be banding together for solutions. For example, when a corner is cut, only the ground floor needs to be slightly expropriated if there only needs the second floor to cantilever over the sidewalk by one-half meter (e.g. If it does not enroach intro road allowance, just slightly over sidewalk). Delta can easily structurally do that, for example. But this is good for upIt has been done elsewhere. Also, the most historic building facades can be disassebled and re-built a few meters set back. One of you put together a heritage preservation group and I'm in -- I'd let my spouse know because he has a very big interest in heritage stuff. One of our presentations brought up the subject of heritage preservation. And reach out to existing groups (if they are organized enough to band together on this).
At the same time, taking out a stretch of a street entirely seems a bit excessive, and at least based one the images above.Downtown Hamilton is in serious need of renewal, and permanent transit is known to be one of the best drivers of improvement. Heritage protection doesn't mean saving everything. You have to be willing to lose a few buildings in order to save the city.