Comment 12470

By tim jacobs (registered) | Posted October 05, 2007 at 11:49:38

Indeed, well put: it's time to dare to imagine once again. Reimagining Hamilton's future is like revising it (revisioning--to see it again, twice, anew).

You're absolutely right about Hamilton's exciting new projects. There is a tangible winning momentum going on in Hamilton right now with the talk of all these projects.

For one, siting the new stadium at the site of John A. MAC school is a brilliant idea. People need to recognize that situating stadiums in the suburbs kills cities (the Silverdome in Pontiac MI did nothing for Detroit, after all).

People also need to recognize how commerce--a series of 'relationships'--works: people spill out of a stadium and instantly look for restaurants, bars, bistros, and cafes, to spend money; before a game, they browse and patronize shops and boutiques.

All businesses are essentially yoked. Keeping the stadium downtown, and anchored around existing restaurants, businesses, and related commerce would alone cause a resurgence in Hamilton's economy. New commerce relationships would spring around the existing ones, too.

Let's keep the momentum going!

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