After 30 years of neglect, they were in poor condition. After expropriation, things only got worse for this three block stretch of 41 buildings, some dating back 170 years. Today just before noon, the demolition crew was out with the crane to begin tearing down (1) what is considered the longest stretch of pre-Confederate buildings in Ontario. (2)
No-one bothered to get a historical designation on any of them.
There is no plan for the land once the buildings are gone.
By now, many of the residents are likely fed up with the decay. The stench. The undesirables who inhabited the buildings while they could. The division in the local government.
It was inevitable.
Why it became inevitable is the saddest part of all.
Take pride in what you have.
If you are a city with history, please don't erase it because you couldn't be bothered to take care of the historical structures.
And don't let the vultures in.
(1) photos of the first demolition
(2) a historical list of the buildings on the street