By Nicholas Kevlahan
Published September 01, 2009
An interesting write-up on Hamilton by Trevor Cole in the Globe's Report on Business is generating a lot of discussion.
It's maybe slightly too negative, but he says the same things we've heard over and over. From the concluding paragraph:
But if it is to take the path of Providence, Hamilton will have to stop its bickering and turn away from the endless pursuit of "jobs" by realizing that jobs no longer come bundled in bunches of 500, or boxed in large, grey factories assembling "tech," but in handfuls of mobile, educated individuals looking for the benefits that a city brings. They will have to focus more resources than ever before on quality of life, so that the thousands of graduates turned out every year by the local colleges and university have reason to stay. Deal with the brownfields, clean up the downtown. Make it even easier for art and culture to prosper here. Stop mourning the death of Steeltown, and start fostering the birth of something new.
When will the City actually heed this advice, instead of sinking more money and effort into yet another greenfield industrial park on the outskirts? They also need to realize that cheap big-box centres and more sprawl is not "economic development".
Of course, there are people trying to following this advice (which we've heard dozens of times in dozens of ways from dozens of educated and thoughtful observers), they just don't have the support of the City.
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