Comment 73734

By Henry and Joe (anonymous) | Posted February 05, 2012 at 12:55:42

The Milton phenomenon highlights many of the things that are wrong with our provincial growth (or lack thereof) strategy. You can't really blame young families for moving to what is essentially a suburb of Mississauga. Detached and townhouse prices are not affordable for many in Mississauga, and correct me if I'm wrong, but municipal taxes in Milton are the lowest in GTHA. The tax issue notwithstanding, Hamilton is equally affordable, but most gen Y, Zs, lack the skills, contacts, and time to invest in a "fixer-upper" in our beautiful old city. As a result people sign up for what I like to call the 3M plan when they get their first job - Marriage, Mortgage, Milton. Then they immediately demand new schools, libraries, pools, arenas, and please, for the love of God, no more expansion once I move in. For me, Milton is an unthinkable option, but there is appeal for some. To borrow and bastardize the lyricist Morrissey... they are the sons and heirs of a blandness that is criminally vulgar, yet we sleep where they wouldn't dare to drive.

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