Originally Posted by Nightsky
Very sad, and crazy to demolish these buildings instead of renovate them, that would have created a great atmosphere. Why have the downtown area fallen in disrepair? And how does the rest of the downtown look, the buildings that will be preserved?
Originally Posted by the urban politician
What reason is the town giving for doing this?
Apparently, they just consider the buildings to be eyesores and want to get rid of them. There are no plans to redevelop the land.
Brantford is an old industrial city of about 90,000 about 15 minutes southwest of Hamilton. Its downtown is quite substantial, but it's one of the most depressed in Canada. The city suffered from industrial decline over the past 30 years, typical of the rustbelt. In recent years the economy has picked up, but all the new development is along Highway 403 and the downtown has been left to rot.
The full downtown tour is here: http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=123197
If I still lived in the area, I definitely would have taken some new photos.