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Canal Dreams?

I’m sure by now everyone has seen King Eddie’s latest legacy scheme. I’m not quite sure what to make of this plan, but I don’t like the idea of removing the last remnants of the residential area west of downtown for a hair-brained scheme like this.

It seems like this mayor is always after the silver bullet solution, rather than trying to fix the things in this city that are broken… But I digress…

If you haven’t seen the plan yet, click here for a high res version of the photo above.

Judging by the concept drawing supplied by his highness, it looks like all of the area shaded in yellow will be obliterated. In fact Chatham St. will cease to exist west of Church St.

I took a little cruise through the area last night to show off the sights to those of you that aren’t familiar with the area. Here’s a mid-century hydro sub-station.

A nice, well kept little house on Bruce.

Next door to that one, at the corner of Bruce and Pitt is the J. H. Beattie house, listed as being built c. 1892.

This currently commercial section of row houses along Chatham was formerly the offices of the Walkerville Times.

An old early 1900’s duplex.

Hard to tell from the renderings, but it looks like these two older buildings along Pitt St. between Chatham & Janette may be saved. One is currently the home of Acapulco Delight, who already had to move once when their building on Victoria just south of University was demolished for a much needed parking lot.

A view south along Janette from Pitt.

I suppose we’ll have to wait and see, but if Eddie’s track record counts for anything, than there’s nothing to worry about as it will never get done…

What do you guys make of this plan? For the out of towners, click here to read the media’s coverage

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