A recent article in Maisonneuve magazine highlights the fabulous connection that can be made between a university and urban city. Of course the city is Montreal and the university is Concordia, but the principles have been repeated now in several cities all over the globe.
I've advocated in the past for McMaster to pursue a similar campus in downtown Hamilton, but they aren't interested.
A more likely option would be for Hamilton to pursue a University of Toronto campus in the downtown. It would be a huge draw and considering the number of students from our area that trek to U of T, and the others who choose not to go there due to the commute, it would make sense to open a Hamilton campus.
In the meantime, visit Toronto or Montreal to experience the vibrancy of true urban universities that are proud to be a vital part of their downtowns, not hiding in a self-contained business park.
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