Comment 17216

By highwater (registered) | Posted January 15, 2008 at 23:10:01

I wasn't refering to Queen W, but rather the sort of planned mixed income housing such as you find in the St. Lawrence neighbourhood, developed in the 70's. I also lived next to a mixed income condo tower at Bay and Bloor back in the 80's. There are numerous other examples that were successful long before TO was the hot spot it is today. I see absolutely no reason why these sorts of developments wouldn't be similarly successful in Hamilton. I'm sure there are some affluent people who will never be convinced to have less affluent people as their neighbours, but then they aren't exactly the sort to be buying downtown condos anyway, now are they?

"For her it's still an ugly, gritty place with a lack of quality retail and attractive new housing." Would she settle for some attractive old housing? There's plenty of that to go around. My advice would be to have babies. Then you won't be able to go out anyway, so it won't matter if the shopping and dining suck. Just kidding! Just kidding! ;) The last thing I want to do is frighten your partner!

Seriously though, I lived in TO for 10 years and loved it. I still miss it and feel very at home there, but I am so thankful to be raising my kids in Hamilton, and it has gotten into my bones in a way that TO never did. I guess I have a soft spot for ugly and gritty.

A hearty Hammer welcome to you and your partner. I hope Hamilton is as good to you and your partner as it has been to me and mine.

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