Comment 27735

By seancb (registered) - website | Posted December 03, 2008 at 10:33:05

A. Smith - businesses will not locate somewhere simply because the taxes are low. They need employees and infrastructure. If you do not build for density, the high quality businesses you desire will never show up. Your city will look like an industrial park with a city hall in the middle.

Businesses need people, yet people need jobs - check or egg? Not really. The lesson is that you ahve to build to accommodate residents AND businesses equally. It has to be a great place to live and a reasonable place to do business.

Hamilton has failed in several ways to pander to both of these groups, but hopefully we can do a better job down the road. But free reign of "the market" and complete de-regulation is not the answer. Smart planning is.

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