Comment 53350

By jason (registered) | Posted December 20, 2010 at 21:51:53

Trey, with all due respect, here is my take on your ten points:

  1. As season family pass holders to Wild Waterworks and regulars on the trail, the land isn't big enough. I have no interest in seeing this regional park paved over any more than I wish to see Gage Park or Bayfront Park paved over.
  2. The Ticats are Hamilton. period. They've never been a regional team and never will. People in Oakville have made it clear they want nothing to do with Hamilton. Slapping up a stadium in tasting range of the smokestacks won't somehow endear them to the Hammer.
  3. It paves over the greenspace. No thanks
  4. I'm not sure if the lake looks any more beautiful from 5 stories up than it does at ground level. The beautiful view that we enjoy all year round will now only be seen 10 days a year. If anything, this will be an eyesore on the lakefront.
  5. It's 'stadium-sprawl'. 100% car dependent. Might as well build it in Caledonia.
  6. You'll need parking for 30,000 people.
  7. Not a bad idea. Downtown Hamilton could be the worlds biggest maze from space if we used this treatment there.
  8. I guess this could happen for 10 days a year.
  9. Will never happen. ever. the Conservation Authority wanted to build a hotel on site and Hamilton's NIMBY crowd showed up and had it scrapped.
  10. Nobody lives nearby, other than Beach Strip residents quite a distance away, but I just mentioned in number 9, NIMBY's find their way to any cause. You'll get a McDonalds, variety store and not much more next to this stadium.

Finally, you're missing point #11 - the future fund is meant to assist projects with 'city-building' goals and spinoff developments. No revitalization component, no future fund.
There's an instant cost increase of $50 million for Conf Park, making it just as unaffordable as any other sprawl location.

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