Comment 34973

By Cityjoe (anonymous) | Posted October 27, 2009 at 15:39:04

Thank you 'undesirable poor person ...'. I would rather live next door to you that many of the people who have posted here. You Nailed It!

It's amazing how when, "The going get's tough, the tough always find somebody else to blame". I guess the poor are the last group that it isn't P.I. to dump on?
It's interesting that some people here seem to really believe that everyone under a set net worth is on drugs, a criminal, or both. Or maybe they don't really believe it. Maybe their spouse chewed them out today? Many their boss read them the riot act? Maybe their hemorrhoids are acting up again? Who can say? Perhaps they are just ignorant bigots?

If I had a large income & could live anywhere in Canada, I would Not chose Hamilton. Hamilton doesn't have what it takes at this time to attract very affluent people. If it did, they would be here. Now!

"If you build it, they will come." ?
Why? So they can drive for an hour (if they are lucky, or take the Go Train, if they are Green) to see a stage production, attend a cultural festival, see a movie that will never be shown in Hamilton, or take their kids to a Museum program or art exhibition that will never make it's way here?

"You have to crawl before you can walk."
You must create a desirable place, with tangible advantages, financial & educational opportunities, attractive environments, diversity & cultural amenities before you can expect people to come here. Your other alternative is wave money at them & hope some of them stay. (Isn't that what we have been doing? Do you think it worked? If it did, why is this up for discussion?)

"We want it all-NOW!" Yes my children of the immediate gratification generation, you may want it all, a.s.a.p. but you have to Work for it. You know, try & achieve something beyond you petty desire to rub shoulders with Donald Trump. You have to make Hamilton into a great place to live, & you start by working from the bottom up, not from the top down. (Mass deportation won't work!)

Rather than trying to Import a new population to Downtown, why in the heck can't we start by making Downtown a better place for the people who live here NOW? Once you've done that, Downtown will start to look & feel like a place that people want to visit, invest in & live in. You know.. a COMMUNITY!

I find it difficult to believe that some of the people who have written such incorrect, hateful & disparaging things about a large sector of their own city's population would expect actual human beings to exit their current location to come & live next door to them. Much of this discussion has put Hamilton back 20 years to anybody who reads it. Congrats for confirming a few negative stereotypes, & probably discouraging many who might consider relocating to Hamilton!

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