Comment 11858

By TimJacobs (anonymous) | Posted September 20, 2007 at 13:24:40

Actually, Genghis, as I understand it, Wilfird Laurier University's Brantford campus has stimulated urban renewal in downtown Brantford. It's the outer areas of ribbon-fringe development (gas stations, fast food chains, and shabby strip malls) that will languish in years to come.

A real estate maxim is that everyone returns to downtown eventually (hence, gentrification). That is to say, stately character housing, decent city planning, density, diversity, close proximity to cultural amenities and financial sectors all cause people to return to urban centres.

You'll see it again in Brantford and we're already seeing it with Hamilton. The first wave of urban renewal begins with artist pioneers (New York, San Fran., and London are prime examples). Note the proliferation of art galleries on James ST. North in Hamilton for a sure sign of urban renwal pioneering.

What is there in the suburbs anyway? Box stores will be graveyards in twenty years time, or less--monuments to our cities' greed for the quick fix and instant cash.

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