Comment 37088

By derek (anonymous) | Posted January 18, 2010 at 11:56:32

Mr Meister: "Detroit a city well over 4,000,000 (almost 8x Hamilton at a density 2.5-3.0 times as high as Hamilton) and the destination for miles around is building 13 km of track (at a cost of $400,000,000+). Hamilton is not the primary destination for miles around Toronto is. Hamilton is as much a suburb of Toronto as it is a destination city. Spending this much money on tracks is a huge folly."

Ummm...Detroit is actually sitting at a population of 800,000 and at it's peak was only 2 million. Secondly, Detroit is one of the least dense cities in all of North America due to it's high home ownership rate in its prime as a city, plus 1,200 people leaving the city every month. There are currently 100,000 foreclosed homes in the city. It's such an unpopulated city, in fact, that there is serious consideration to relocating people in order to demolish whole neighbourhoods and allow them to be left to nature.

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