…And these are just the waterfront proposals. There’s a whole bunch more which could be recognized in, say, a downtown proposaleum. A new city hall, a rebuilt Lister Block, a new market, a naturopathic college, a downtown casino. All types of bold headline making ideas with splashy architectual/conceptual sketches that have gone no where.
Today’s cartoon is actually a revision of a cartoon I did way back in 1999:
This is not to say all new ideas for advancing innovative plans for Hamilton are stupid. I actually like Bob Bratina’s idea after you get past what sort of lake smell will be wafting down-breeze from the fountain, and maybe some more pressing needs like actually doing something about the toxic goo laying in the harbour’s Randle Reef. And while Councillor Bratina sounds very worldly pointing out Geneva’s Jet d’eau as an example, he needn’t look further than Peterborough’s own Centennial Fountain. So before he and a couple other councillors venture off on a fact finding trip to Switzerland they might instead consider a day trip to Peterborough.