Comment 77929

By Quince (anonymous) | Posted June 04, 2012 at 11:51:01 in reply to Comment 77921

"That's called a city hall and education institutions with real vision...willing to put their money where their mouth is."

Exactly.

If you're going to lay blame, you can fault local post-secondary institutions, private business, residential developers as well as Hamilton's council. In the chicken and egg equation, there are lots of chickens.

Kitchener undertook this plan because the city understood that it could be a magnet for investment but also because it was in response to investment.

http://www.downtownkitchener.ca/news/kingstreet/faq/#Why

"Q. Why is the City reconstructing King Street?

A. There is significant interest from private businesses and residential developers in downtown Kitchener, now it is the city's turn to show our commitment to improving and rejuvenating the core.

The new streetscape will create a pedestrian-first environment that is lively and attractive. It will include wider sidewalks, flexible parking, improved lighting and added street trees and sustainable planters. The new streetscape will provide an urban, vibrant, modern place where people can gather for dining, arts, culture and entertainment, while at the same time helping to attract new businesses and private sector investment into the downtown."

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