Comment 57588

By Undustrial (registered) - website | Posted January 23, 2011 at 17:18:14

Just as crabby comments about 'mistakes' regarding Hamilton's core in the 60s rankle me to no end in this regard (ignoring just about everything that was going on at the time), hammy's comment- Well, it takes the cake.

As a rule, I generally disagree with Hammy, but as someone who's been following the history of our harbour for years now, he's got a point. Hamilton Harbour has seen a lot of policy choices in the last century which created the "industrial nightmare" image. Infilling a third of the bay, paving over the inlets and dumping toxic waste directly into the lake (Randle Reef being the best example) have all contributed to this view of the area, and in hindsight, it's pretty clear that the choices made have been fairly questionable. And the same could be said for downtown - with projects like Civic Square and the York Blvd highwayfication clearing out the homes, small businesses and historic buildings.

I'm not saying Hamilton would be perfect now if we hadn't done these things, but I doubt people would back these ideas again.

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