Comment 83724

By SteveatthePMG (registered) | Posted December 11, 2012 at 09:57:31

Whitehead's main argument, "Isn't downtown supposed to be the centre that we all share?" does address an important urban planning issue for me. Assuming that decentralization of Hamilton's shopping & entertainment district historically killed the once vibrant downtown through under-utilization and migration to the outskirts, it's fair to argue that a casino downtown is a move back towards a centralized downtown.

What he forgets is that this new batch of passionate downtown Hamiltonians has saved the downtown from complete ruin. If it wasn't for their pushing and prodding, the downtown would continue to deteriorate and we wouldn't even be talking about a casino. So - if their vision of downtown Hamilton doesn't include a casino, Council should respect that and weigh their input accordingly.

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