Comment 54280

By realfreeenterpriser (registered) | Posted January 03, 2011 at 10:03:41

The term "highest and best use" comes to mind. Surely, no one believes that the highest and best use of the Rheem property was a factory for building water heaters (whose production had moved south of the border in any event). And what about the land to the east? Surely no one thinks that it's best to continue using it as a scrapyard.

Proximity to the Bay provides Hamilton with an opportunity that numerous other North American cities have already used to their advantage. The days of the "rustbelt" economy are obviously over or at least radically altered. Some industries continue to need access to the Bay but those that don't are better located elsewhere.

The manner in which Hamilton transforms itself will affect us for decades. Go to Portland, Maine, a city almost identical to Hamilton, and see what they've done with their waterfront. It's truly a people place with a vibrant, adjacent downtown.

Plain and simple, the people of Hamilton deserve better than a 1920's industrial vision of a city and they deserve better than what the Tiger-Cats are demanding they accept (a publicly funded stadium without "spinoff" revenue for anyone else).

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