The Chronicle Journal published an editorial yesterday on the subject of the High Street wall. What is surprising is that this editorial actually criticizes our high salaried residents of City Hall. A rare departure from the newspapers usual unwavering support of any decisions coming out of City Hall. Soooo, this issue is serious.
‘Just a wall,’ and much more
Most on council ignored impassioned pleas from supporters of this concept and voted in favour of a modern fix. Once again, a piece of the city’s history has been discarded. Over decades this city has lost most of its built history – torn down or covered up with modern facing and altered with new design.
Popular local history Facebook pages regularly feature photos from yesteryear that prompt both fond recollection and genuine admiration for the design features of old city structures mostly long gone.
The world’s great cities hold tenaciously to their built pasts making for awe-inspiring tourist destinations and considerable local pride.
Sure it’s just a wall, but it’s also just one more piece of our past that will be lost – consciously discarded by city leaders with a responsibility to protect local history but without an apparent appreciation for it. – Chronicle Journal editorial
read full editorial here
Did the residents of City Hall do everything they could to save wall? They had a couple of decades to think about it. A couple of decades to do something about it. Sigh… Begging to Queens Park and Ottawa must have drawn a round of hysterical laughter from the people that hold the senior levels of governments’ purse strings.
Naturally, this being Thunder Bay, City Hall residents have backed themselves into a corner over dealing with this wall. Like every other historical piece of infrastructure in this city, maintenance and repair was completely ignored until time has run out. Ignored until repair is no longer an option. Ignored until immediate removal, for safety reasons, is necessary. It MUST be dealt with this year….and its the middle of March already! It must be a FAKE stone wall! No other option is possible. Its too late!
Mark my words, the waterfront train station will be next. It has been ignored for decades. It has now sat empty for at least six years. $65 million plus was spent demolishing Marina Park and building the City of Thunder Bay’s premier tourist destination…aka Prince Arthur’s Landing. Was any of that huge pile of sweet, sweet taxpayer cash used to repair the train station? Nope. When was the last time the city spent any money on major repairs of that building? Its over one hundred years old.