Comment 36077

By Really? (registered) | Posted December 07, 2009 at 13:54:42

Although I encounter all the same things you do, I have to admit that one can't escape these 'situations' in any downtown. Toronto is just as bad, if not worse in regards to street youth, drug dealers, pan handlers, etc. One thing Toronto is plagued with, whereas Hamilton lacks completely, is homeless people sprawled out across the sidewalk (unless you're on Ferguson between Cannon & Barton).

The REAL problem is that 25% of Hamilton's social housing is concentrated in the Downtown CORE; Not even including Strathcona, Beasley, Corktown, Jamesville, STINSON, and to a lesser-degree, Durand.

Once the City stops the unfair Welfare-Dumping in the general downtown area and spreads them out evenly, only then will the Downtown's values begin to rise. This will eventually show Big Name Reatailers that Downtown Hamilton is more than a Social Services Hotbed, but rather an actual downtown with good diversity in Ages, Sexe, Races, Culture, etc.

Right now, the only retailers Downtown can 'attract' are Pay Day Loan Shops (new stores openly almost monthly downtown) and Dollar Stores. This has nothing to do with the fact that we're not on the radar, but because we actually ARE on their radar.. as a BIG RED 'HELL NO'!

Who's to blame? There are a lot of factors, yes. But right now, if I had to choose, I would blame Hamilton City Council, specifically with their Connaught-Flop! 200+ more poor people downtown aint gonna attract a Bay Store, or hell, even a Zellers or Winners!

Anyone ever wonder why MEC really chose Burlington?

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