Comment 26150

By Ron McLester (anonymous) | Posted July 31, 2008 at 16:00:58

Councillor Whitehead,

The downtown is intended to be the location for infill and increased density. Many of your constituants do not want this in Ward 8 (as you know...Keep Scenic Scenic campain). I, along with many other downtown residents and businesses welcome increased density. That is what urban life is about and what Hamilton's downtown lacks to be truly successful. To get to that point the downtown needs investment, and maybe a little bit more than other wards right now, but those investments will likely be returned as more people begin to choose downtown as their home.

I suspect that during the 1960's and 70's many of the other wards, including downtown's ward 2, contributed significantly to the development of infrastructure in your ward, and will likely do so again in the next 10 to 20 years as the infrastructure in Ward 8 begins to deteriorate.

The downtown transportation plan is intended to be constructed as a whole. Not bit by bit. There are many components to the plan and it wouldn't necessarily work properly if it isn't all completed. Say you were in the process of flipping a home…would you stop halfway because funds are low? A half renovated house does not see the same revenue potential as a fully renovated one, does it?

I appreciate you taking your time to review these comments and consider them fairly.

Sincerely,

Ron McLester.

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