Comment 43590

By Centrist (registered) | Posted July 17, 2010 at 15:39:00

Thank you Bob Bratina for being a voice of reason.

Why anyone is spending time and energy thinking this stadium will do anything to revitalize downtown is beyond me. Did Jackson Square and the Superblock revitalize downtown? Did Copps Coliseum? No.

Hamilton desperately needs to move away from the "if-you-build-it-they-will-come" mentality. This hasn't worked for us over the last 30+ years, and it won't work with this new stadium.

Council needs to focus on improving public transportation, limiting sprawl, and enticing more people to LIVE downtown. However, I imagine market forces will likely coax more people to move downtown in the coming years anyway. The location of a sports stadium will have nothing to do with the trend towards recentralization in cities.

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