Comment 53286

By jason (registered) | Posted December 18, 2010 at 22:24:31

I think the issue here is balance. I can understand not wanting MORE poor people downtown. Any healthy neighbourhood has a mix of people. US ghettos have shown us what happens when poor folks are all crammed into one geographic area together. The current redevelopment of Regent Park in TO is hoping to be an example of mixed income neighbourhoods, not unlike my own Strathcona neighbourhood which is a great mix of incomes, social and ethnic backgrounds.
That's my desire for downtown Hamilton as a whole. And clearly we are unbalanced on the side of having too few middle or upper class people living downtown. Take the Connaught proposal and put it in downtown Ancaster, Stoney Creek or the South Mountain and I'd be all for it....those areas are too unbalanced the other way.
Balance isn't easy to find, but I tend to agree with downtown business owners that right now we need to improve the mix in the core.

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