Comment 74675

By Asymmetrics (anonymous) | Posted February 23, 2012 at 01:13:23 in reply to Comment 74673

Hamilton's key challenge in terms of a sustainable urban environment is courting new private sector residential development downtown, ideally developments geared to families as well as singletons, the demographic norm for downtown. The last three major private sector residential projects downtown were probably The Annex, The Core Lofts and the Pigott Building. I think the to-market dates on those were 2005, 2004 and 1996. Downtown Hamilton has a population under 7,000, and that number has changed little in the last 20 years. Even if downtown's small businesses closed at 6 daily (and most do), that would be a barrier to vitality. I'm not sure I agree that downtown's stagnation is a small problem. If that were the case, RTH would've never evolved past Roy Green cameos.

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