The ROMs Grand Plan
Over the past few years, there has been much hype over the architects and designers of the ROM space. The Libeskinds conceived the plan for the crystal structure addition named the Michael Lee-Chin Crytsal, but little press has been given to something that might make Torontonians a little less proud. In order to finance continued renovations, the ROM has sold off its neighbouring planetarium to developers who wish to build condos. Our sad little planetarium gets much less attention than the Ciudad De Las Ciencias but serves a purpose nonetheless, to educate others on the vast world of space that surrounds us. A world that is drawing closer everyday as explorers on Mars return its secrets to us. Should a large city like ours lose our connection to the bigger picture and move toward an insular existence? We're already lacking a Toronto aquarium, now we lose space too? In its place "more condos". It's becoming a refrain heard all too often in the city. Another story came out today about demolishing the historic and grand (former) headquarters of Hollinger International, again for condos. This time city planners are said to be stepping in. They'd better. The commercial space is one of Toronto's oldest surviving stone buildings, circa 1850. I guess the planetarium, which opened in 1967, just didn't have enough years under its belt to be considered saving. I would think, however, that an area zoned for education and culture would be a little harder to sell off. Considering the condos will go for anywhere from $3 - $50 million they'd better have made a mint for it and it better be put back into the system for all Torontionians to share.