Comment 17211

By jason (registered) | Posted January 15, 2008 at 19:04:25

statius...downtown Hamilton is not nearly as bad as you might think. In the census 2001, there was over a 10% increase in the downtown population from 1996. In 2006 it showed another 3-4% increase since 2001. Compared with other urban 'built-up' districts in Hamilton it was one of the fastest growing during that decade. I'm not saying we're Vancouver, but we're certainly not Detroit. Many people do WANT to live downtown. My wife and I could have moved anywhere in the Hammer. We chose downtown and have loved every minute of it.
People are looking for homes, condos and lofts downtown and I think you'll see more loft/condo projects spring up in the next few years as the number of available 'fixer-uppers' for sale declines in the downtown area. Hundreds, if not thousands of fixer-uppers have been bought and reno'd in the downtown area in recent years. Many people don't notice it because the homes already exist. Now local architects and real estate agents tell stories of people calling regularly looking for nice condos or lofts. We've got a ways to go, but have certainly already begun the journey to seeing downtown look and operate in the way we all dream of.

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