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By Josh (registered) | Posted None at

I'm not sure why residential developments would necessarily change the character of the core and start to bring people back downtown? I understand that it would be beneficial to have more people living in the core, but Hamilton has an ample amount of cheap rental units and houses available within a short walk (20 minutes is still short these days right?). I'm sure you'd agree that it isn't hard to find a place in Hamilton. So why is this going to work? The whole "If you build it they will come" thing is played. I don't have stats to back this up, but it's my impression that employment in the core is either down or hasn't changed much in recent years. So again why? Why are people going to move to the core when nothing has really changed? I think the bottom line is that for people to want to live downtown they will first need to work downtown and see how great it is and then move downtown, not the other way around. I'd get behind a project that was going to lend people money to start downtown businesses or help fund a campus, but not a series of possibly ill fated real estate ventures.

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