Okay, what the hell.
We have a city with a downtown that is almost half empty lots - many empty for decades.
We have an Exchange District that is a National Historic Site that, after decades of neglect, is finally coming into it's own as a desired commercial and residential area.
Why, then, do we insist on the need to tear down existing buildings when we have the need to build ?
Now, the most asinine plan to date: to take out most of a block of McDermot in the heart of the Exchange for a Hydro Substation. I kid you not: 'Hydro eyeing historic buildings for new substation'. I closed the window and re-entered the CBC site to read the story again thinking that I got the wrong end of the stick.
I'm not even sure what to say about this it's so ridiculous.
Go a block to the west of these buildings, toward Adelaide, and there are numerous empty lots waiting to be filled to round out that end of the Exchange. Further west there are more empty or underutilized lots. Yet, the need for a substation requires that three heritage buildings be gobbled up ?
Update Feb 5 2009: