Comment 61375

By jason (registered) | Posted March 22, 2011 at 19:56:39 in reply to Comment 61366

I used to think this was a problem, but to be honest I think the city simply needs to be more proactive at encouraging modern, urban infill projects to these neighbourhoods and make them desirable places to live. As more people move into the area, more shops follow and so on. There are new condo proposals for the Locke South area right now in a few spots. I won't give details here due to the crazy NIMBY's who are surely reading and looking to hold Hamilton back, but more lofts, condos and high quality housing options in these areas will sell the area to potential suburban visitors just fine. Almost everyday on the sidewalks of Locke I hear conversations taking place with people who are clearly there for the first time. We don't need to advertise. A good thing spreads. Does the Distillery District need to advertise to get me to visit? Queen East (Beaches)? etc.... successful, vibrant neighbourhoods become their own advertising and then sure some billboards and bus ads can help promote the brand or neighbourhood identity, but more people choosing to live and therefore shop in these areas is the recipe for success, not begging suburbanites to come down. I'd love to see some modern loft/condo projects on Ottawa with streetfront retail. I suspect there is much less NIMBYism along Ottawa than Locke due to the different demographics. And there are several sites on Ottawa that are underused, empty or decaying properties that would look great reborn like this:

Or this:

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