Comment 51325

By Michelle Martin (registered) - website | Posted November 10, 2010 at 13:40:52

On the other side, space is cheaper, both to live and to work, but our amenities just aren't as attractive, and it's hard to stay the course and settle into this city without the same amenities.

Yes. The housing is definitely cheaper, and the advantages of city life are here. But I agree with you that we should be paying attention to a younger demographic- even younger than the 16-21 group. Hamilton amenities just aren't as available for kids as they get older and gradually increase in independence. Here's a small example: in Toronto, many neighbourhoods had free, outdoor skating rinks. There was one we could walk to in New Toronto, and places around the corner to grab a hot chocolate afterward. In Hamilton, for a fourteen year old to go for a skate and a bite to eat with his or her friends, he or she typically has to be driven to an indoor arena, and there aren't a lot of options for time since most of the ice time is given over to hockey games and practices (if you can't afford to put your kids in ice hockey, you're out of luck). I really think that if you remember having nothing to do (or nothing that you could arrange for and get to yourself) when you were 14-16 years of age, then you won't be inclined to stay in your hometown when you are old enough to strike out on your own.

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