Mr. Flannagan's comments, reflect the way buildings get demo'd in this city. if you watch long term, when a large company or developer with influence wants a piece of land with historic or just well liked building on in, the city seems very willing to declare that that property is unsalvageable, condemned or of no real use. The Rose Friend Apartments are an example of this, the old Morrison Hotel building, the St James hotel apartments, much of the brewery blocks, it appears that this mentality is spreading east. By declaring the building decrepit in some way it cuts off all community recourse to argue you the point of it's relevance to our neighborhood. I used to eat there with my grandfather and cousins in the 80s, go there after school in the 90's and with Marq (what's up man?) after film screenings at the hollywood in last years, it's a real shame to lose a part of my personal connection to the visual world of my neighborhood. And yeah: do we need another bank over here? seriously. Land use and planning departments even in this city are shady backdealing institutions that set up to foster commerce with no institution or practical reverence for culture or history and often no regard for the environment (we do better on that here) every once in a while that point gets hit home when they just flat out tell you: that buildings going, you have no say. it's not really your neighborhood. we just let you think during elections. but we can talk about what they'll plant in the parking lot of the stock bank the assemble there.
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