Comment 18177

By statius (registered) | Posted February 09, 2008 at 16:22:12

Jason,

Please ... do you honestly think you can save the downtown by reducing traffic noise and widening sidewalks? While these are no doubt admirable ends to pursue, they are not going to comprise the whole solution ... nor are they even going to get at the route of the problem.

In terms of economic strength, Hamilton doesn't hold a candle to the cities you mentioned above. Generally speaking, they can afford to have the "bums and junkies" (to use Capitalist's phrase) hanging about their downtowns and CBDs because they don't have a problem attracting investment. Hamilton's biggest problem in terms of investment is image. That is why we have to work harder at it.

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