Comment 34564

By kevlahan (registered) | Posted October 07, 2009 at 17:36:55


That sounds a bit harsh. If you applied those same standards ("family ties, work, or couldn't afford to live somewhere else") as rigidly to other cities as you do to Hamilton, you'd find most people are not living where they are by choice!

For example, many Torontonians have moved to Hamilton not because "they couldn't afford to live anywhere else", but because they could afford to live much better for the same money. This isn't the same thing and implies that by some measures the standard of living is better here.

Most people have some choice of where to find work (I had a choice of Warwick or Hamilton), so it is overly harsh to imply that everyone in Hamilton because of work had no other choice.

Finally, maybe your sample was not entirely representative. Last year's writer in residence at McMaster, Lawrence Hill, moved to Hamilton, apparently because he liked it so much ...

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