Comment 45725

By d.knox (registered) | Posted August 14, 2010 at 23:12:01

I like Hamilton. I live here and I like it. But, I don't work here. One of my colleagues was scheduled to attend a conference here and asked for recommendations for a few places to eat - he was also planning to bring his wife and two kids here and stay an extra day (a little cheap holiday). He was staying at the Sheraton.

He did not extend his conference and he did not bring his family to downtown Hamilton. His comment to me when he returned was something along the lines of "Holy, that is one ghetto downtown, and I like my downtowns seedy".

We do need to be careful about accepting "peculiar, dismaying, or outright bizarre" behaviour in a great big group hug. Sometimes, the behaviour is "peculiar, dismaying, or outright bizarre", and should be regarded as such. I wasn't particularly pleased to hear my colleague's comment, but I knew exactly what he meant.

We have a problem with a concentration of poverty and ugliness downtown. Nobody is advocating locking up unattractive or strange people. But, it is a downside to our downtown. Let's not celebrate it.

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