Revitalization

Don't Pursue Past Achievers

By Trey Shaughnessy
Published April 09, 2008

Amid all the talk about "high skilled jobs" and "opportunities for workers with a variety of skill sets" at the employment lands around the airport, it's easy to fall into the trap of searching for jobs where they used to be found.

The people who chose to leave 416 made the decision not so much for being close to an airport but to be closer to their family house in west GTA, Oakville, Georgetown, Bolton etc., with chearper land, parking sprawl lots, and highway access. This was the general trend for decades across North America and it hasn't only clustered around airports.

It would be great if Hewlett Packard, Microsoft and Pharma Alley had moved to Hamilton. I think we missed that boat, though.

Hamilton will have to focus on the next generation of corporate/office lifestyles and not pursue the past.

I'm afraid that office campuses along the highway strips are dinosaurs. Not one person in university now dreams of working in an office cubicle in a windowless shed along the service roads next to a 400 series highway.

As finance/fund experts say, "don't pursue past achievers, but look to what will be an achiever in the future."

Mississuaga/Brampton are done - they are past achievers. Hamilton should look for what the next generation wants: lifestyle, options to get to work, cleaner environment, and so on.

That's probably difficult when the current generation of decision makers has no clue about the next 25 years, only the past 25 years.

Trey lives in Williamsville NY via Hamilton. He is a Marketing Manager for Tourism and Destination Marketing in the Buffalo-Niagara Metro.

His essays have appeared in The Energy Bulletin, Post Carbon Institute, Peak Oil Survival, and Tree Hugger.

And can't wait for the day he stops hearing "on facebook".

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By Frank (registered) | Posted April 09, 2008 at 15:38:36

I listened to part of the Metrolinx Green Paper discussion yesterday and I like some of the language that they use. It seems like they're thinking forward so we might get multiple transit options despite the bumbling of our own city council! I'd love to be able to bike to work regularly but I can't because of ignorant drivers and city planners who can't acknowledge that more people want a healthier lifestyle. Maybe I'll try again this year...

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By Cityjoe (anonymous) | Posted April 18, 2008 at 02:08:17

Hamilton: "High taxes (a highest in Canada), &
Low Wages. Feel the Burn."

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