Comment 33091

By highwater (registered) | Posted August 31, 2009 at 11:39:03

I have to take issue with a couple of things here. First, the Hamilton Club primarily serves downtown white collar workers who walk to the club on their lunch hours and after work. There is minimal parking provided. If the club moved, not only would an important part of Hamilton's history and heritage be lost, but along with it, a crucial place for networking and entertaining clients, making downtown an even less attractive place for white collar workers and their employers.

Secondly, if it was your first visit to the Annex, I can see where it might compare favourably to some of the neighbourhoods on our blighted major arteries. I lived in the Annex about twenty years ago, and anyone who has been watching over that time, has witnessed the gradual loss of the soul of one of the city's very finest neighbourhoods. In spite of wide sidewalks, street parking, transit, and slow-moving traffic, the Annex is a neighbourhood in decline. You're right that we can learn alot from Toronto. If we're wise, we'll learn from its mistakes as well. What's happening in the Annex is a wake-up call, particularly for Westdale.

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