Comment 28480

By Cityjoe (anonymous) | Posted February 06, 2009 at 14:51:19

Olympics, Pan Am Games ALWAYS leave the hosting city in the hole. If we are looking at a bleaker future for Hamilton with less manufacturing, steel embargos by the U.S. etc., I'm not even sure why we put in a bid at all, & why is Hamilton continuing with it's bid.

Giant venues not only put the City in a finacial mess, they escalate homelessness by making affordable housing more scarce. You never hear of athlete's or press housing being converted into something low income people could have, after The Games. It's either dismantled, or sold as a hotel, or condos etc..

Sports facilities would be better suited to Downtown, & there are abundant places to put them. I don't know what it is about a green field, a forest, or a generally pretty piece of undeveloped land that just makes these guys 'all a twitter'.

"Must Have!! Must Deforest!! Must develope!! Muuuust Pave!!" (spoken in Zombie voice.)

As long as developers of whatever stripe are allowed to ignore Downtown & head off to the hinterland, we will continue to have a vacant city core, & ugly unbridled sprawl in the 'Burbs, & beyond.
What is it about Downtown that repells development?

Or is it, what advantages are being given to those who choose to 'sprawl' & why should this be allowed to continue in light of McGuinty's Green Space promises? Is Hamilton exempt?

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