Much of the content coming from the Spectator's "Hamilton Next" series has demonstrated a breathtaking level of ignorance about how cities function and what is required to revitalize this one - a misconception dating back to the 1950s and '60s that actual events have throughly discredited.
However, at least one of the contributors seems to get it. Tom Cooper, who sometimes contributes to RTH, wrote a 'retrospective' from the future for today's paper that identifies the drivers with the best chance of spurring a renaissance: limiting urban sprawl, downtown redevelopment, adaptive reuse, inner city reinvestment, renewable energy production, "green" technologies, light rail, transit fare reduction, poverty reduction, harbour restoration, and a high tech hub.
Tom's op-ed is definitely worth reading for a hopeful but achievable vision of the next few decades.
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