Monday, August 15, 2016

John Lorinc on heritage preservation in the big city and the big bureaucracy

Writer John Lorinc puzzles out why a notable piece of Toronto urban history and archaeology will go unnoted.
There’s an elegant symmetry to the fact that a courthouse will rise on ground once occupied by the BME, an institution whose existence is linked directly to those most human cravings for freedom and justice [...].
Yet provincial officials appear to have ruled out options for either in situ preservation of the BME foundation, or some kind of memorial on the grounds of the courthouse. Why? Because of a long-standing policy that requires such buildings to be studiously neutral in design and free of any kind of political or partisan elements.
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