Comment 79742

By jason (registered) | Posted August 14, 2012 at 09:40:12 in reply to Comment 79727

I don't think this is a concern in Hamilton's case. the 'general', 'poorer' populace exists in full force in the North End and through most neighbourhoods between Dundurn and Parkdale. This is an opportunity for us to add some mix to the housing stock at our waterfront.
Your points are certainly valid in cities like Vancouver where the opposite is true - massive swaths of the waterfront are home to the rich and cheaper housing needs to be integrated in order to create a balance. In Hamilton we need to integrate some 'higher end' housing to help create a balance.
I'm a big believer in balanced, mixed-income neighbourhoods. This waterfront area represents one of the only parts of the lower city that might be able to support some higher than average housing types. It would still only put a minor dent into the balancing act, but at least it's a tiny step in the right direction towards a greater downtown area that is welcoming to all income levels, not just the poor.

As I re-read this comment I realize that we really are the complete opposite of places like Vancouver. Gentrification is a major issue there...here, we're trying to bring some balance from the opposite angle.

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