By Ryan Danks
Published July 30, 2010
Members of the West Harbour Stadium is OUR choice Facebook group have planned a rally on Saturday August 7, in Hess Village at 3:30 pm. According to the rally organizer, both Mayor Fred Eisenberger and Councillor Bob Bratina will be in attendance.
From the event description:
This is the best chance our generation is going to have to see the long neglected Waterfront, a hidden jewel of our city, finally be developed, and turned into a beautiful destination we can ALL enjoy!
The impact on the Waterfront, and the downtown, will be positive from both and economic, and quality of life perspective. The Waterfront site has the chance to be turned into one of the nicest civic waterfronts in North America, but it needs a massive development plan, spurned on by a catalyst like the stadium project.
Currently a toxic mess left over from dilapidated former industry has the waterfront area in a sad, even dangerous state. The waterfront will sit in this state for at least another generation without the millions of dollars needed to clean it up. Those millions should come from a publicly-funded project like this.
Picture going to a Cats game, or perhaps an MLS game or even a festival, at a stadium where you can enjoy the waterfront atmosphere before, during and after the event! Let's draw people down to our waterfront, and our downtown.
If we drop the ball here, and don't seize this great opportunity, generations of Hamiltonians will lose out. A healthy downtown, with an exciting waterfront accessible for everyone, is a recipe for Civic prosperity. Ask the people of Pittsburgh (a former steel town like Hamilton) how proud they are of their waterfront (and waterfront Stadium).