Maybe We Can Measure Attitude Change

By Jason Leach
Published May 17, 2010

Today's Spectator article on the Hamilton Economic Summit feels like a preemptive strike meant to keep people from asking tough questions about the summit.

The organizers try to make it sound like the summit isn't supposed to be measured by actual physical changes in the city, but rather an attitude change. Then the article finishes with a long list of actual tangible goals that have been set at each summit and are not happening in real life.

In my opinion, these summits haven't changed our attitude at all. We're still a city full of bright people with bright ideas and passion for our future. Unfortunately the list of actual real life changes is virtually invisible.

Heck, I don't think we even accomplished the 'one big idea' goal set out during the Spec's special report a few years ago. I think the final result was to plant a million new trees in the city, or something to that effect.

The only areas we ever seem to make progress in are suburban big box stores and highways. In other words, bidness as usual.

Jason Leach was born and raised in the Hammer and currently lives downtown with his wife and children. You can follow him on twitter.


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By Robert D (anonymous) | Posted May 17, 2010 at 14:29:35

I have noticed significantly more trees than their used to be, especially large numbers that seem to have been planted in the last five years.

Can we get an update from City Hall as to how close we are to the million tree mark?

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By adam2 (anonymous) | Posted May 17, 2010 at 22:51:34

It would be more accurate to call it the million-sapling mark. Big difference between trees and saplings, however.

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