Today’s episode features an interview with Mark Osbaldeston, author of the book Unbuilt Hamilton. It’s part of a series – the first parts being Unbuilt Toronto 1 and Unbuilt Toronto 2. Yes, they seem fairly specific to geography, but I believe anyone, in any city, can appreciate the follies and foibles of generations before; anyone can ponder the what ifs of their own hometowns.
Some of the things in this book are hard for me to fathom, and it’s almost a relief knowing that these ideas never came to pass. For example, I remember just how excited I was about the idea of there being a monorail-like elevated train in town. It seemed like a great idea – when I was a kid – and it wasn’t until I read this book that I started to see how it would never have worked. (If you’re from Hamilton, no, I’m not going to start a discussion about the current LRT plan. Let’s leave the screaming and shouting to Facebook).
Things are heating up around here. I’m finally starting to flow on my new novel, and eventually – I promise – I’m going to write more actual blogs about writing. In the meantime, enjoy this week’s show.