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By BeulahAve (registered) | Posted January 22, 2011 at 22:34:02

Thanks, once again, Graham for a provocative article.

I would rather see funds go to neighbourhood improvement than just to a stadium. We are all now aware that stadiums often have a negligible benefit on the surrounding areas. In that sense, pouring less money into a community size stadium seems the better option. I like the Ti-Cats and all, but the proposed reno of IWS just seems too costly for what we as taxpayers get in return.

The benefits of adding housing in either WH or IWS areas, especially housing for people who have decent incomes, is that it will benefit existing residents who are lower income. First, it will attract retail outlets which are few and far between in both areas at present -- especially grocery stores. Second, the neighbourhood will become more desirable and property values will increase. As long as taxes aren't increased too much and neighbourhoods don't become unaffordable, this is a positive. This is a big caveat, but things seem to move slowly in Hamilton. I am not as worried about the downsides of gentrification in this city -- we can worry about that when we get to it, and as you say keep social inclusion in mind throughout the process.

This post is a roundabout way of saying that I agree with your basic premise!

Comment edited by BeulahAve on 2011-01-22 22:35:52

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