Comment 36660

By Capitalist (anonymous) | Posted December 29, 2009 at 18:40:00

Ok Jason, let me tone down some of the rhetoric.

Downtown does have many good restaurants, entertainment options and great neighbourhoods (Hess, James s & N etc) that many middle class people (including myself) frequent. However, the demographics of the dt are too heavily tilted towards low income, disabled, senior etc. This is why the core is full of crappy retail and pathetic scooters. Why would a middle class person want to purchase a condo or rent an apartment in the core and then have to drive to a suburban mall to access good quality and abundent retail options? This defeats the purpose of living in the core. Not only that but if you are living downtown you are always under the constant threat that the city is going to build some subsidized housing or halfway house etc next to you. Many people are not willing to take that risk.

On another note, yes many Hamiltonians do work dt, however I would not say that this represents a majority. Many Hamiltonian work in the city's industrial parks and the education and hospital campuses. What is really dissapointing about this city is that we are one of the few large cities that actually have a net commuter DEFICIT i.e. more people living in Hamilton commute out of the city for work than those who commute in. But this is largely a result of the declining manufacturing sector over the last 30 years.

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