In a bid to clean up the downtown the city expropriated the properties and forty are barricaded and ready for demolition.
Their downtown's saviour ? It's not clear yet, public consultations by the South Side of Coleborne Task Force are still to come. One possible project floated by Brampton's former Mayor, is a 100,000 square foot recreation facility in conjunction with The YMCA and Laurier University.
I wish them the best with their revitalization. I hope they'll take some lessons from the hundreds of cities who have found that the megaproject, even a collection of them, don't necessarily clean up a downtown.
Christopher Hume, The Toronto Star's architecture critic, opens one of his columns on the topic this way:
Even after nearly destroying its downtown through a series of nasty self-inflicted wounds, the city still believes it can build itself up by tearing itself down.I thought it sounded rather familiar !
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