Election day is nearly upon us, and thirty-five percent of Hamiltonians will go to the polls to elect a council to "guide" us through the next four years.
I see many re-election signs posted on boarded-up buildings along Barton, King and Cannon streets in Hamilton.
The irony of this is fascinating. For decades these streets have remained as nothing more than empty highways for suburban traffic to rip through town, yet people actually post re-election signs on these buildings in the hopes that the folks who have overseen this constant decay will remain in power?
Call me crazy, but I find that quite scary.
Every election we see new candidates who promote positive ideas such as urban revitalization over sprawl and a cleaner, more prosperous city instead of the same old filth and corruption.
Yet we trudge off to the polls and re-elect the same bunch and then sit around complaining about Barton Street and sky-high taxes for four more years.
We need a council that will stop stealing tax dollars from the inner city to subsidize sprawl and one that will not allow developers to do what they please, but will instead give them opportunities to make money while rebuilding our city, instead of destroying it from the inside out.
Unfortunately, if history repeats itself, we'll vote for the status quo again and ensure that those boarded up buildings on Barton are still nice and empty in four years so we can hang our re-election signs on them yet again.
Way to go Hamilton.
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