Comment 52295

By Undustrial (registered) - website | Posted November 27, 2010 at 09:41:00

It isn't that I like prostitution, or crack, or hearing domestic violence echo for blocks on a hot summer night. But as someone who's been working on poverty issues for a very long time, I get very worried at the way some of these issues are discussed in this town (especially around James North lately). And Meredith, it's totally not directed at you, as it's pretty obvious you think things through before putting them on the internet (unlike that dude suggesting mass expropriations of dingy-looking properties the other day).

The point I was trying to make is that there is an aesthetic character to life in the poorer parts of Hamilton which has nothing to do with drugs or hookers. And while I'll never understate the problems faced by poor communities, I get a little offended when the discussion begins to centre only around how poor people affect the higher-income people who live in these areas or come there to shop.

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