Comment 76972

By Fred Street (anonymous) | Posted May 16, 2012 at 10:18:48

As far as Cooke's observation goes, I have always assumed that there was a break in the clouds because amalgamation disrupted the established order and admitted some oxygen into the stuffy backrooms of City Hall.

I gather that momentum might have stalled for two reasons.

One, by 2001 it had become accepted that downtown was for all intents and purposes a lost cause, which might have muted enthusiasm for ambitions and rallying public investments beyond a certain level (see the Spec's "Lament for a Downtown" series).

Two, as a woebegotten post-industrial city, Hamilton is perpetually cash-strapped and must dribble out its infrastructure spending as a result (captured in Cooke's unintentional but exquisitely poignant civic miniature, "incremental pilot").

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