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By geoff's two cents (anonymous) | Posted November 30, 2008 at 21:03:51

Sean, a great suggestion. There's no question that the influx of workers into the core has had a positive effect on the otherwise languishing JS and Hamilton City Centre building. I remember being dropped off in front of the HCC on my first day in the city (between the Lister and HCC on James N), and the effect was somewhat less than inspiring. Actually seeing a decent number of people walking around the HCC represents a significant improvement. I especially like the idea of converting the existing Mac downtown building to a transport hub. Aspects of this building could use a little sprucing anyways (like the east side of the facility), though I agree it should be maintained. Problems may arise, however, in getting Mac to cooperate with anything or anybody. (I say this, by the way, as a former student). Were such a thing possible, however, the spin-offs for downtown would almost certainly be very promising.

This is another issue entirely, of course, but the idea of splitting Hamilton rail service between two stations (especially when the northern one will be getting most of the daily rail traffic) makes establishing the southern station as the "Union Station" equivalent somewhat counterintuitive. Not to say that I don't like your idea - Quite the opposite: In fact, I actually wish that all of the daily rail service would go through Hunter. I guess we'll see what develops. . .?

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