Comment 64489

By James (registered) | Posted June 02, 2011 at 22:56:27

I actually rather agree with Grom and Mr. Serious - all this talk of art being the new steel is pointless unless it starts employing thousands of people full-time and makes Hamilton internationally known for its product. A gallery is very nice, but today I saw about a dozen galleries on James St North, closed up and doing nothing. A small business would theoretically employ a few people and bolster the local economy, as well as get people out on the street more than one night a month - thereby enhancing business at other locations.

That said, zoning bylaws and regulations absolutely need to change. Anyone who lets his/her property go to wrack and ruin should be massively penalized. I think it's definitely time for that to change, but, like term limits for city councillors, I doubt it will happen any time soon.

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