Comment 33352

By Meredith (registered) - website | Posted September 10, 2009 at 13:27:57

I suppose it's easy to get muddled on this format, one of the things about online discussion I dislike. I also have a limited time to write and edit this comment, so it won't be that great either.

I do think, perhaps unpopularly, a city core that does cost more money to live in is a good thing. I also fully accept the reality that means yep, I probably won't be able to live there either. That's OK with me.

Because that's a price I'm willing to pay to have an attractive, economically viable city centre - that people enjoy coming to, that's a destination for out of towners, that sets the image for the entire city and that doesn't make people go "ugh, Hamilton." One where there's competition for housing and we have a decent real estate market with appreciating property values.

Having true mixed-income development as a part of that would be nice, but it's not going to happen with the current proposal. I think that has to be secondary to making it an attractive and viable place for people of middle and higher income levels to spend their time and even live - there's many ways to work in smaller percentages of low-income housing to future projects.

I'm not saying to ghettoize people elsewhere away from what they need, but the necessary services and amenities can be found elsewhere and we can make those neighbourhoods better.

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