Comment 77064

By Sigma Cub (anonymous) | Posted May 17, 2012 at 09:52:17 in reply to Comment 77038

My intention was certainly not to slight or minimize the impact of artists and artistic companies on Hamilton neighbourhoods like Locke South or James North. I was perhaps unduly pithy with my "bohemians" remark. My point was more that the chemistry, the so-called "recipe for success" is far more complex than we commonly acknowledge.

What I'm getting at is that when we get into talking about economic development, we should be rigorous and rational as possible. Not only to counter the knee-jerk resistance to progressive ideas, but also to increase official buy-in.

"Creative Induustries" is certainly a valid and vibrant part of our city's economy, and it's still a fairly new part of the EcDev portfolio, but the city needs to take it seriously as an economic generator. EcDev could do worse than emulate the approach adopted by InvestToronto and Toronto Board of Trade as a starting point.

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