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By jonathan dalton (registered) | Posted December 15, 2010 at 09:05:59

At the recent Sky Dragon meeting, I suggested that part of the solution for a better downtown was to get more people with money living there. This provoked a bit of a reaction from one of the organizers (I admit that was the intention) who questioned the value of development in alleviating poverty. My argument was that development would provide jobs - the biggest problem in Hamilton is lack of jobs - and more tax revenue to fund social services. We didn't agree on that, and this highlighted to me the basic ideological difference between those who favour new development downtown and those who don't. The anti - gentrification argument seems to be predicated on anti-capitalism and a fear of money. I have my own issues with capitalism, but it's the reality we have to function in. As much as artists shouldn't 'demonize' certain members of society, we also shouldn't demonize bankers and investors. They might be part of the solution.

Comment edited by jonathan dalton on 2010-12-15 08:21:56

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