Misplaced Concerns

By Jason Leach
Published September 07, 2005

It's quite remarkable that NIMBYism is alive and well in Ancaster. In this age of declining energy resources and a general public awareness that has slowly begun to take hold in Ontario regarding sprawl and low density, projects like this one are exactly what we need more of in the Hamilton area.

This might be the first time I've ever heard of anyone opposing a medium density project by pointing to nearby sprawling neighbourhoods as the 'reason' for this project being out of line. Folks, that's exactly what makes this project bang on.

The fact is that Ancaster decided to cave in to developers many years ago and turn their once fine town into the butt of all sprawl jokes in southern Ontario.

It's very noble for these residents to come out to public meetings and try to do their best to 'improve' their town, but I have one question. Where were you ten years ago?

Ancaster is now a wasteland of never-ending parking lots and ugly warehouse stores. To see what your town might have been, take a look at Dundas. Their residents oppose the very low density sprawl you cling to as 'progress' and some sort of strange status symbol.

The days of protecting your town came and went with the Meadowlands. Your NIMBYism would have been quite useful then. Today, it's just one more joke to add onto the pile. Or is that a parking lot?

Jason Leach was born and raised in the Hammer and currently lives downtown with his wife and children. You can follow him on twitter.


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