Watch State of Our Neighbourhoods with Mayor Fred Eisenberger

Thanks to The Public Record, you can watch a recording of the conversation with Mayor Eisenberger.

By RTH Staff
Published October 07, 2016

This past Wednesday, a coalition of neighbourhood associations and the Useful Knowledge Society of Hamilton held a special event titled, "State of Our Neighbourhoods", a conversation with Mayor Fred Eisenberger. the event was held at LIUNA Station and was attended by approximately 200 people.

The neighbourhood associations submitted a series of questions before the event. During the first segment, moderator Ryan McGreal posed a selection of questions in an informal Q&A format.

This was followed by a breakout session in which groups of residents prepared follow-up questions. After the breakout, Mayor Eisenberger responded to the follow-up questions.

Thanks to Joey Coleman and The Public Record, you can watch a video of the event:


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By Missy2013 (registered) - website | Posted October 07, 2016 at 15:01:34

Great coverage, thanks to all for making this available.

Three thoughts:

  1. Mayor Eisenberger makes a good point about the lapse of having smaller one-bedroom apartments in private dwellings. This is much more common in Toronto and fills an important need for affordable housing. Why hasn't this form of income and housing been cultivated in Hamilton? City resources should 'pitch' home-owners to encourage this, without too much red tape, no?

  2. re: suburbia sprawl & heritage ... Who is responsible for the developmental mess that's happening in Waterdown at the moment? The once-vital downtown core of that 'village' is being swamped by continued additions of box-stores at Clappison's Corners. Everything in the brand new 'residential pockets' off Dundas Street are designed for CAR CULTURE to get them to these new box-stores. Nothing supports affordability, transit, or 'community identity'. It's a mess, 100% devoted to 'consumer culture', not 'community'. Waterdown's former historical 'identity' has disappeared. Now it's just a suburban bedroom community for commuters. Toronto based developers paid a LOT for that farmlands surrounding Waterdown, and one wonders if the subsequent incoming residential taxes are just too sweet for Council then thoughtful growth ...

  3. Instead of morphing rapidly from manufacturing to the 'intelligent' digital economy, a BALANCE needs to be struck that doesn't strictly support an increasingly unsustainable 'capitalist' economy. (see point 2.) More effort, by City and developers, old & new, should be invested into a more sustainable model or 'transitional economy'. See:

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By DowntownInHamilton (registered) | Posted October 08, 2016 at 11:13:11

I'm glad this event occurred. It was nice to meet people from across the city and share some ideas and find out what other people who are interested in our city have the same types of priorities, concerns and realize our potential. Look forward to more!

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By mdrejhon (registered) - website | Posted October 10, 2016 at 17:12:44

It was very interesting! During the table Q&A, our table was the one who formulated the question about heritage preservation on the LRT corridor. We discussed if we should send a common question, or somewhat of a harder/newer question, and our table (GALA Community residents) was enthusaic about asking a new LRT question. Fred's answer begins approximately 1 hour (give or take a few mins) into this video.

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