Comment 66273

By misterque (registered) - website | Posted July 16, 2011 at 02:18:02

It is staggering what is going on here. I am very concerned that a changed provincial government may kill Hamilton's LRT. The developing pattern is highly reminiscent of the TiCat Stadium debacle. What I don't understand is why they would block the LRT. Why would any mayor balk at $800 million dollars in infrastructure funding? I could see the stadium thing, pure cronyism, the lines of old/present employees and media connection. But blocking LRT?

The memes are getting pretty consistent between the blog trollers, CHML and the mayor's office. Population is not dense enough, no business model, Hamilton is not city X, and tax increase. The counter memes must begin.

1) Hamilton deserves it. 2) The risk is worth it, Hamilton is tough. 3) There is no business model that shows failure. 4) No rapid transit has EVER been removed by a city. 5) Taxes will only go up when property values go up. 6) Developers can build anywhere.

People's eyes will glaze over with words like density, urban renewal, innovation, transportation system, urban design, attractiveness, poverty reduction, etc. Anyone who cares about that stuff is already on board. If we try and battle gut responses with polysyllabic words Hamilton will lose to the dinosaurs again.

We know who the blog trolls are. Listening to CHML is fracking painful but may be necessary. The mayor could do anything at any time :)

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