Comment 86990

By Mal (anonymous) | Posted March 02, 2013 at 15:45:27

Around the time that the Spec's Lament for A Downtown series ran, I remember reading Mayor Wade's strategy for downtown revitalization. It was to build out the suburbs until no green space exists, making downtown a more viable development option. (This arms-length actuarial approach to urban stewardship was perhaps to be expected from a politician who came to municipal politics via life insurance.) Far from an enlightened development strategy, but it set the tone for the "New City of Hamilton." Going off the city's growth projections, those green fields should be eaten up in the next decade or two. The conversation has already begun to shift in recent years, aided in no small part by the fact that Downtown Hamilton is pretty much the cheapest real estate in the Golden Horseshoe.

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