Comment 115966

By RobF (registered) | Posted January 08, 2016 at 16:00:50

26,000 jobs in the early 1980s, a big piece of Hamilton and Canadian labour history, yet it doesn't seem to generate much interest ... Maybe you should have entitled the piece "LRT still runs on Steel" (rails that is).

Since manufacturing typically forms in districts where urban agglomeration benefits can be generated, i'd like to see more thinking from policy-makers on how we can catalyse a new cluster of advanced manufacturing industries on the Steel and industrial lands in the East End. Steel and other advanced materials are still important. If as the author claims the Hamilton works could be viable as finishing mills again then part of the vision for putting the Steel lands back into productive use needs to be intensification via the addition of complementary industries and infrastructures ... unless we imagine building condos next to the still very viable Dofasco works, and relying on HHS, the City, and McMaster to be the main economic engines in town. I've seen how that works in upstate New York ... stagnation.

Comment edited by RobF on 2016-01-08 16:04:16

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