Catherine Nasmith, President Architectural Conservancy of Ontario
In times of recession governments turn to investing in infrastructure, and that often translates into investment in sewers, roads, and sometimes other community facilities.
Everyone remembers the great investments that the U.S. and Canadian governments made during the depression in highways. Few remember that it was during these times that both government also chose to make major investments in the development of National Park systems, and in preserving the nation’s heritage landmarks. Often these parks included National Historic Sites.
As the stock markets run amok many are now calling on governments to use their powers to invest in public projects, to use this time to build the infrastructure for the 21st century and beyond. Its time we reminded our governments that heritage and environment projects are worthy contenders for that public investment. Continue reading