Comment 14398

By jason (registered) | Posted November 23, 2007 at 14:32:50

Hi Michelle. I'm not saying to "not give it a chance". I'm just saying that we need to have the urban downtown as our priority. Having priorities shouldn't mean that we can only do one thing at a time. But in the past couple decades that's exactly what we've done. Virtually ignored the existing city in favour of finding new areas to pave over. And the results?? people like you commuting out of Hamilton for work. Our port could be amazing. I've written about it before on RTH. The builders and those with a vested interest in more sprawl always try to paint citizens like us as "anti-development". The fact is, we want development in Hamilton far more than they do. We want jobs in Hamilton far more than they do. All they care about is their own pockets (or in the case of the politicians, their career jobs). For too many of this old boys club, Hamilton is not at the top of their priority list. Their own personal gain is. I think we can learn from other cities and do the right things. But in Hamilton when you suggest that, you're branded as an activist or obstructionist or anti-growth ankle-biter. Companies will flock here once our city's reality and image are something to brag about. In the meantime, happy commuting.

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