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By Robert D (anonymous) | Posted April 19, 2011 at 16:11:44

Congratulations on your new home.

It sounds like both your future and past neighbourhoods are great places to live, and are the kind of neighbourhoods where I'd want my children to grow up.

I'm especially glad you touched on both "taking the good with the bad", and the diversity of socioeconomic strata in your piece - and I agree with you 100%. I think many of the people who object to downtown Hamilton (or Hamilton in general) feel that some "bad" elements "ruin" it for everyone, or that upper-middle class children being exposed to "poor people" will somehow damage their precious innocence (i.e. I've had a well-off woman tell me she doesn't take her daughter to the downtown YWCA because she feels uncomfortable talking to the other mothers - most of whom are poorer). Personally, I find the truth is closer to what you've described, you have to understand that communities are made up of many different people, and acceptance and tolerance and understanding of their situations are much more valuable lessons than living in a sheltered "bubble".

I suppose what I"m trying to say is, beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder, and hopefully upon reading your piece, some people might try and expand their view.

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