Comment 12241

By H Mag (anonymous) | Posted October 01, 2007 at 14:23:08

Hey Ben (how's T.O?)

Just wanting to say if anything James North is FAR from gentrifying... in fact I'll go as far to say that it is still VERY fragile in terms of a burgeoning neighbourhood.

Buildings are escalating in prices and so too are rents - but it is still possible to buy a building for under $200,000 and renting a storefront is on average about $650.oo p/m.

The arts are definitely a solid reason why this neighbourhood is changing - but I believe the real revitalization will take place when other shops, cafes and more people move in.

This is perhaps one of the most livable neighbourhoods in the core - as it has within a very short walking distance a few pharmacies, food markets, libraries, churches, schools and other amenities.

Gentrification is such a weird word and to apply it to anywhere in Hamilton almost seems too hasty right now. Perhaps we need a new word/term for the many positive things happening to our older neighbourhoods?

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