By Letter to the Editor
Published July 14, 2011
Dear Councillor Farr,
After reading Ryan McGreal's article in the Spectator this morning, I was quite dismayed to hear the skeptical opinions of Mayor Bratina, Chris Murray, and Bill Kelley in support of Hamilton's Light Rail Transit.
As a born-and-raised, self-employed Hamiltonian living in Ward 2, I politely urge that you continue supporting the vision of the LRT. Please make Mayor Bratina and the rest of our council aware that there are many young Hamiltonians, like myself, that are in support of this project.
As mentioned in the article, part of the skepticism comes from what is perceived to be a lack of population in our city to support such a system. Perhaps we should look at the old adage "What came first, the chicken or the egg?".
I strongly believe that the more we invest in the core of our city, and the more we show the world that we are willing to commit to our own city, the more attractive we will become to businesses and newcomers.
Over the past decade I have noticed a sharp increase in the general pride in this city. People are getting excited again about developments like James St. N. They have a new way of seeing what can be done.
Let's keep this ball rolling. It's time to be bold and make some moves toward becoming a better city.
There is no doubt in my mind that this infrastructure boost to our transportation system will create much more appeal to other businesses and individuals looking at Hamilton as a potential home.
I'm not trying to compare Hamilton to any other major city, because it isn't like any other place - it has something much more special. Let's not make the mistake of letting this opportunity slip past us.
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