Comment 17212

By statius (registered) | Posted January 15, 2008 at 19:26:56


I apologize if I seemed excessively pessimistic about Hamilton's prospects (this is a tendency I have). If I didn't think Hamilton had any prospects of rehabilitation, I wouldn't bother reading and posting on RTH. I know downtown has shown some population growth over the last few years, but it has been relatively slow and property values have only crept up slightly as a reflection. I think there is a growing but still weak market that needs to be catered to obsessively, with every possible impediment to stabilization removed.

I'm glad that people who are in a position to move elsewhere, such as yourself, still make the decision to live downtown. I myself will be moving back to Hamilton soon and have every intention of living downtown. My partner on the other hand - who I have to admit is a thorough yuppie in taste and sensibility - has serious apprehensions about living there. For her it's still an ugly, gritty place with a lack of quality retail and attractive new housing. I'm committed to living downtown because I have an abiding love for Hamilton and a desire to be a part of its regeneration. For her, though, there are other much more desirable options, and I can totally sympathize with her perspective. My point is that Hamilton still has a long way to go before it is seriously marketable to people of means and mobility who do not have a connection to the city.

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