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By geoff's two cents (anonymous) | Posted October 03, 2008 at 22:05:04

JH - I agree with your second post. I wouldn't want a sanitized, sterile park at the centre of this city. The unabashed working class character of the city - its grit - gives it a certain charm (I know how silly that can sound, given that the "grit" stems from serious structural issues with poverty, but I'm sure you know what I mean). Let's hope that as investment in the core improves, the city doesn't turn its back on this heritage.

I was downtown tonight, and the park was particularly pleasant - especially with the lights. It may have been my imagination, but there was quite a mix of people enjoying the city. Nice to see.

And, to be fair, even though I'm a Vancouverite at heart, I have to say that I feel safer in downtown Hamilton than in many parts of my home town - to say nothing of the DTES centred at Hastings and Main. The drug problem does not seem to be quite as severe here, and the people who "ask" for change aren't quite as aggressive.

I have to say, schadrian, although I understand what you're trying to say, your language is a little strong considering that you profess to have sympathy for the people you're describing.

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