There's another disturbing report out of City Hall, this time regarding Hess Village. Police want the bar owners in Hess to pay the full cost of policing instead of continuing with the split that they've been using up until now.
Basically, they are punishing this district for being Hamilton's most attractive urban tourist destination, best patio district, and area most frequented by folks from Toronto and all of Southern Ontario.
While many buildings sit decaying and in clear violation of property standards throughout the city, harming the public and driving down property values and investment dollars, we punish folks who have added some life, vibrancy and coolness into our city.
It's the same over at the Pearl Company. Perhaps the folks at the Pearl should close down shop and allow the dealers and pimps to have the abandoned building for their uses. Perhaps it's time for Dean Paquette and other Hess investors to close down shop and relocate to Toronto.
Considering the constant nonsense that goes on around the dive bars of Barton Street, it's quite stunning that Hess Village would be centred out like some rotten neighbourhood in Hamilton. I had lunch there today and plan many meals on their wonderful patios during the summer.
Perhaps I should book a spot on the next Art Bus and finish off my Art Crawl with a stop in Hess before both attractions are shut down, giving us locals a couple more reasons to head to Toronto anytime we want to have some fun.
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