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.
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