Comment 34858

By A Smith (anonymous) | Posted October 17, 2009 at 15:52:08

Really? The Petro Canada replaced a run down variety store, plus there is a new plaza two buildings east of the Groovy Baby Store. These are not great works of architecture, no doubt, but they are NEW, they bring in many more customers than the previous buildings did and they make the area feel less run down.

If the city reduces property taxes even more, perhaps to the GTA average, there will be even more investment in this part of town.

As for whether or not the RHVP was supposed to help this area, this is nonsense. Getting free stuff never helps make an area economically, but rather the opposite is true. For example, when the "street walls" of Hamilton were being built up, the welfare state we currently enjoy did not exist. Rich people did not subsidize poor and average people to the extent they do today.

The solution is easy once you understand that nothing in life is free. If we want Hamilton to be better, we need to be willing to pay the price. This can be in the form of lower tax rates for businesses, or industry, or it can be less handouts from the Province/Feds. But it can't be holding out our hands and expecting other people to do the work for us, that will only create weakness and more poverty.

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