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By Imperial (anonymous) | Posted June 02, 2011 at 23:29:35

Solid article Keanin.

I feel the same whenever I hear Minister Glenn Murray speak on creativity. Everyone and their uncle is spouting the power of creativity, the creative economy, and it's exceptional abilities to revitalize neighbourhoods and rebuild communities. I think he's spoken in Hamilton about a half dozen times in the past 5 years with the same clear, and consistent message > invest in culture, creativity and innovation.

Yet the reality of everyday Hamilton rings true.

I've spent the better part of the past 5 years working closely with the City. In some cases the results are encouraging and keep me motivated, in others I walk away confused, discouraged and bewildered by a process and system that seems inherently broken.

Milton has hit it on the head > 'nose to the grindstone and work' must be the mantra of the current innovators and creative professionals. We cannot sit in wait for support from any one source except ourselves.

Yes, continue collaboration, continue reaching out, be inclusive - but by no means can we hope that consistent vision or leadership will come from City Hall alone. Much as you've said - I fully welcome full participation from our Mayor, Council and City staff. Lots of incredible folks in the mix there. I simply won't be waiting on it.

Jeremy Freiburger

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