Comment 13177

By Genghis (anonymous) | Posted October 21, 2007 at 13:28:55

"In summary, I believe the effect of the Red Hill will be the funneling of workers out of Hamilton to industries elsewhere, and the growth of parasitic retail chains that present a net loss to our economy. "

Jon, again a false premise to start with.I do think you hit it on the head with"industries elsewhere"though.

An expressway does not make people leave Hamilton to industries elsewhere, it makes it easier for people to get to industries elsewhere for work where none are local...in an "express-way".People were working in industries "elsewhere" for decades.ITs how efficiently they get there while using the least amount of time and resources.

You make it sound like businesses from all over the world are not potentialy moving to Hamilton proper, but waiting in the wings until an obscure expressway is built on the other side of the planet to funnel them away.Businesses go where it make business sense.

People go to where it is economically viable to work and live.Not all people work withing walking distance to where they live( in some cases it would be downright dangerous to do so).When Stelco and Dofasco were in the heyday, I am sure a small proportion of people took transit or drove locally to get to work.Now people work where.. there is work.Outside the City.

The Expressway was a good idea.Not building it is not going to magically force a company to relocate in Hamilton to employ those who need a good job.

Dont blame the expressway

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