Apparently the Hamilton Spectator missed this news: streetfront vacancies in downtown Hamilton are down to ten percent, from 16 percent five years ago. I'd love the Spec's editor-in-chief to clarify if he 'stepped out of the Sheraton hotel' in Hamilton or Detroit in his recent editorial.
He writes, "Stepping out from the Sheraton Hotel, we start walking past vacant stores, fast food outlets, pawnshops, cheque-cashing outlets and empty and decaying buildings."
OK, I know the Lister Block is still sitting there, but I walk along this stretch of King Street all the time. I'm not aware of another empty building other than those currently under renovation and soon-to-start renos.
I don't know where the Editor-in-Chief lives, but he's anything like most upper management at the Spec he probably lives in suburbs, which means he can leave his driveway with his eyes closed and have a good chance of bumping into a fast food restaurant.
Downtown along King has a McD's, Hortons a couple chain pizza places and a Subway. There are a few pawnshops and cheque-cashing stores. OK.
But what about the plethora of dining options surrounding the Sheraton? What about the city's best patios in Hess Village, King William Street and south leg of the Gore (none of which are fast food places)?
What about the fabulous ethnic eateries, trendy cafes and large convention/entertainment facilities â€“ AGH, Convention Centre, Copps, and so on?
Maybe I'll have to walk back down King Street next week and see what's happened there in the past 20 hours since I was last there.
I was excited to see the new patio at the Honest Lawyer completely full. Now according to the Spec, King Street has turned into Detroit. And it only took one night!
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