Comment 78197

By BeulahAve (registered) | Posted June 08, 2012 at 14:40:01

I think it is more accurate to say that politicians juggle competing priorities and that livable streets and neighbourhoods may not be at the top of the list. They may care about the city, but not necessarily for issues outside their own wards, for issues affecting those living in poverty (who are less likely to vote), and for issues that are not "safe bets." What we have seen in Hamilton in 2012 is a lot of "safe" decision making, in other words conservative rather than progressive.

The current debate is drawing attention to livable, walkable streets and neighbourhoods, for sure, and the fact that it has been picked up not only by Urbanicity-type publications but also more mainstream media outlets like The Spec, CBC Hamilton and CHML is a good start.

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