Put thinking caps on and act before it’s too late

News Sep 25, 2009 Ancaster News

I want to publicly extend my thanks to Hamilton Community News for the ongoing coverage of the fate of the Dundas post office building.

What astonishes me is how the community seems to be sleep-walking its way to possibly losing this most precious asset that says as much about Dundas' identity as other seminal buildings like Town Hall, the Carnegie or the Collins. In this writer's humble opinion, it's more valuable and worth preserving than a 40-year-old hockey barn.

The need seems to be urgent — as the For Sale signs go up this week — for the community to be talking about an adaptive use, and a campaign to raise the funds to keep the building in public hands and preserved for future generations to enjoy.

Otherwise, it could be auctioned off to the highest bidder and replaced by another singly uninteresting condominium.

Just as we need to protect the streetscape from the kind of development proposed by Shoppers Drug Mart, which despite the changes doesn't make sense to me, let's protect another asset of our community. Perhaps a museum, a community economic development project or some other community centre for youth. Let's put out thinking caps on and act before it’s too late.

Peter Hutton, Dundas

Put thinking caps on and act before it’s too late

News Sep 25, 2009 Ancaster News

I want to publicly extend my thanks to Hamilton Community News for the ongoing coverage of the fate of the Dundas post office building.

What astonishes me is how the community seems to be sleep-walking its way to possibly losing this most precious asset that says as much about Dundas' identity as other seminal buildings like Town Hall, the Carnegie or the Collins. In this writer's humble opinion, it's more valuable and worth preserving than a 40-year-old hockey barn.

The need seems to be urgent — as the For Sale signs go up this week — for the community to be talking about an adaptive use, and a campaign to raise the funds to keep the building in public hands and preserved for future generations to enjoy.

Otherwise, it could be auctioned off to the highest bidder and replaced by another singly uninteresting condominium.

Just as we need to protect the streetscape from the kind of development proposed by Shoppers Drug Mart, which despite the changes doesn't make sense to me, let's protect another asset of our community. Perhaps a museum, a community economic development project or some other community centre for youth. Let's put out thinking caps on and act before it’s too late.

Peter Hutton, Dundas

Put thinking caps on and act before it’s too late

News Sep 25, 2009 Ancaster News

I want to publicly extend my thanks to Hamilton Community News for the ongoing coverage of the fate of the Dundas post office building.

What astonishes me is how the community seems to be sleep-walking its way to possibly losing this most precious asset that says as much about Dundas' identity as other seminal buildings like Town Hall, the Carnegie or the Collins. In this writer's humble opinion, it's more valuable and worth preserving than a 40-year-old hockey barn.

The need seems to be urgent — as the For Sale signs go up this week — for the community to be talking about an adaptive use, and a campaign to raise the funds to keep the building in public hands and preserved for future generations to enjoy.

Otherwise, it could be auctioned off to the highest bidder and replaced by another singly uninteresting condominium.

Just as we need to protect the streetscape from the kind of development proposed by Shoppers Drug Mart, which despite the changes doesn't make sense to me, let's protect another asset of our community. Perhaps a museum, a community economic development project or some other community centre for youth. Let's put out thinking caps on and act before it’s too late.

Peter Hutton, Dundas