Comment 40714

By d.knox (registered) | Posted May 16, 2010 at 22:11:34

I confess that I'm with Kenneth, in that I never saw the slogan as anything other than an anti-poverty initiative. Grassroot's comment that "someone with influence" said that "parents do not sell well in the whole marketing scheme of things, thus the focus on children" only confirms my suspicion. BUT...

I puzzled at your article at first, and then realized that my own bias prevented me from engaging with this issue. If I can reclaim it from the poverty advocates and treat it honestly, I'd say you have identified a real point.

I am afraid to bike on many of the streets in Hamilton - I wouldn't dream of letting a child on those streets. If the City was ever serious about this slogan, that should have been enough to get rid of the one-way streets. The fact that we still have highways through the centre of this city is further evidence that "best city to raise a child" was never meant to be taken seriously.

Comment edited by d.knox on 2010-05-16 21:27:52

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