“Why Did You Tear Down My Collapsing Building?”, The Bronze Thieves, Hybrid Cabs, Truck Bans
“The recent buyers of Walnut Hall want to know why the city demolished their 1850s heritage building over the weekend, ruining their restoration plans in the process.” Dear developers: because the building was falling down. A lot. Like, half the building collapsed. Maybe the former developer should have started fixing the place up a decade ago. But you’re probably out of luck.
Remember last year when that statue of Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko was stolen and sold for scrap? Now stealthy scrap metal thieves are stealing bronze urns from cemeteries—Glendale Memorial Cemetary reports 800 urns stolen! Who steals an urn?
While all cabs in New York will go hybrid by 2012, Toronto’s will not.
Councillor Michael Walker (Ward 22, St. Paul’s) wants to ban delivery vehicles in the downtown core during morning and afternoon rush hours, suggesting that trucks make deliveries overnight. Here is a person who has obviously never worked in a small business or the service industry.
Photo courtesy of Marc Lostracco.