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By jason (registered) | Posted April 24, 2009 at 10:27:09

Jonathan, you're observations are correct, however I've noticed a huge trend over the past several years of people moving here from Toronto's urban neighbourhoods in search of a more laid back, affordable, yet still vibrant urban lifestyle. I'm constantly amazed at how many people I meet in my neighbourhood have moved from TO and fall all over themselves gushing about all that exists within a 10 minute walk of Victoria Park (where I usually meet people. Lol).

you're right though - a large portion of the population is exactly as you describe, but I really think word is slowly spreading about the downtown Hamilton lifestyle.
I know people who have come here from Australia, Western Canada, the US and Britain and have fallen in love with downtown Hamilton and regularly 'sell Hamilton' in their conversations with family, friends and even locals.

Eventually the balance of power will shift, and we'll see these new residents become the norm in Hamilton. Whenever someone complains to me about how sucky Hamilton is, I always remind them that they can move and save money in the process by heading to St Catharines or Brantford or Kitchener or Buffalo or London etc...... Rarely do I try to convince such people that Hamilton is grand. They've already made up their mind and the best thing I can do is point them to somewhere else. For both their sake, and ours. haha.

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