Comment 12252

By Rusty (registered) - website | Posted October 01, 2007 at 16:58:23

Hi HMag (Dave I presume...?!),

Life in TO is good thanks! I know it's a bit early to be throwing the term gentrification around in the Hammer. I just wanted to get across the idea that you need to be careful what you wish for :)

While 'revitilization' is a more apt description it doesn't quite capture the essence of the key objective, which is to create vibrant neighbourhoods which are home to mixed income residents. Anything too far this way or that is no good at all. I hate Yorkville if I'm being honest, and while I would happily trade it for St James Town or Regents Park I think it represents the same missed opportunity to allow folks of all income brackets to live side-by-side.

I think Corktown and James Street in Hamilton are 2 good examples of 'hoods that are turning a corner. And, although it may takes years - decades even - for any gentrification to take hold it is definitely something to watch out for.

Kepp up the great work at H Mag (and say 'Hi' to the missus)

Ben

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