Comment 13222

By Jon Dalton (anonymous) | Posted October 22, 2007 at 10:28:56

"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"

You're right, building the highway makes it easier for people to get to where the work is - after they move into new subdivisions even further away from where the work is, but now serviced by the highway. It does form a better connection from the east mountain to the lakeshore QEW corridor but also establishes the east mountain as a centre of rapid, low density growth. It encourages people to move further away from their jobs. What will the city benefit from tracts of housing with infrastructure cost higher than tax revenue, that function as bedroom communities for workers outside the city? This demographic will pay low property taxes, work at jobs that don't pay taxes to the city, and shop at chains that put 0% of their revenue back into the community, giving back in the form of low taxes and shitty jobs. Again, poor economic returns, no social benefits, that makes for a bad investment.

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