Comment 80910

By Fred Street (anonymous) | Posted September 13, 2012 at 12:21:17 in reply to Comment 80907

Official consensus from the perspective of city planners and economic development staff seems to be that downtown is a broad belt across the middle of Ward 2.

A loose estimate would involve four neighbourhoods: Central, Beasley, Durand and Kirkendall.

City of Hamilton: "The Downtown Secondary Planning Area describes the lands bounded by Queen, Hunter, Wellington and Cannon Streets."

In recent years, Hamilton EcDev has expanded that formula to include the commercial districts on James and eastward to Wentworth.

Downtown Hamilton BIA: "The Downtown Hamilton Business Improvement Area (BIA) is a non-profit association, which was officially formed in 1982... The area designated as the Downtown BIA was to include MacNab Street to Mary Streets, Main Street to King William. In 2001 the BIA expanded to include Rebecca Street to the north and the south side of Main Street. In 2008 the Bia expanded southward Hunter Street from MacNab to Catharine."

The one exception that I've seen placing Locke "downtown" is the parking lot map.

http://www.hamilton.ca/Hamilton.Portal/Inc/PortalPDFs/CarParks/downtownhamilton.pdf

In future, Jason can just refer to his neighbourhood as Municipal Lot 22.

Elsewhere in "Defining Downtown Hamilton"...

http://www.amazon.ca/Music-From-The-Armpit-Canada/dp/B0055PY4IE

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