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By geoff's two cents (anonymous) | Posted December 08, 2009 at 01:37:30

I agree with Meredith's post. There's plenty of room downtown for everyone. Unlike, say, Kingston or Oakville, Hamilton's downtown multiculturalism (in the broadest sense of the word) is something that should be cherished, not derided. We can certainly have lots of social services downtown for the poor (indeed, I don't think it's a good idea to "spread them out" to the suburbs where the disenfranchised would simply be further immobilized), but much greater attention to some of the "little things", such as property standards reinforcement and garbage bins, will go a long way toward attracting a greater cross-section of the population - economically and culturally - to the downtown. I agree that having a number of officers regularly walking the beat or riding horses along the city's main corridors (ie. King and James) would be a good start.

Vancouver also uses something called "city ambassadors" which, I understand, don't have anything like law enforcement credentials, but, eminently visible in bright red uniforms, are there to give advice to tourists and act as an additional set of "eyes on the street." I also imagine they are paid much less than police officers. . .

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