Comment 16640

By Marek (anonymous) | Posted January 06, 2008 at 14:45:44

Although I think your heart is in the right place, and it would be nice for Centre mall to become some post-modern metro hotspot with lots of cafes, parks, people coming in droves - it isn't going to happen.

Two major things are in the way for this to happen.

1) Look what's behind Centre mall - one of the heaviest examples industry in Ontario. Smoke stacks, dirt, grime, pollution, trucks, trains and steel. No one is going to want to sit outside on a hot summer day sipping cappuccino while tons of pollution is being pumped into the sky only a few blocks away.

2) The northern end of Hamilton is the poorest part of Hamilton. As people have already posted, people come to Centre mall for the bargains and not for much else.

Make a place for people to congregate and further enhance the bargain mentality. Enhance the farmers market. Introduce a daily Flea market, the largest in the city. Make the mall the hub of alternative transportation by making it the hub for the HSR below-the-escarpment. See how that goes, and then expand on that further in 10 years.

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