Comment 31801

By Capitalist (anonymous) | Posted June 17, 2009 at 10:05:05

Let me clarify what I meant about downtown should be more like Lock or Westdale. Both of these districts have clean, trendy upscale shops that you would find in north america's most successful downtowns. They are not rundown. They tend to be frequented by primarily middle class people who also live nearby. These are the attributes that downtown Hamilton should have. However, downtown Hamilton is:

-primarily frequented / inhabited by lower income people
-this results in a commercial area with primarily full of low end cheap stores
-this drives out middle class people to live and shop in other areas.

Many people I know (who are regular working stiffs) will not go downtown because it is just to grubby plain and simple.

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