Comment 63965

By Mogadon Megalodon (anonymous) | Posted May 25, 2011 at 11:02:25

If you really want a grain of salt, consider that while this was the fourth annual Hamilton Economic Summit, the summit itself arguably grew out of the annual Hamilton POWER Conference (2004, 2005, 2006), which fulfilled much of the same function – hundreds of local business luminaries networking and engaging in non-binding visioning exercises – without the leavening effect of an ambitious out-of-town counterpoint.

I too believe that things are changing, but would caution that sometimes the "squelcher"/"cynic" tag can be thrown around carelessly. Not all analysis of the city's failures ends in a cul de sac, and not all extra-urban successes can be transplanted. Acid negativism is free speech but is best countered by instituting measured, positive change. Boosterism alone will not cut it, and no amount of kitschy Milton Glaser knock-offs will make Manhattan materialize. Cities are complex ecosystems and every honest exchange, however uncomfortable, helps us reach the city that we believe Hamilton could one day become.

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