Comment 67246

By Ezaki Glico (anonymous) | Posted August 02, 2011 at 17:56:20

Hamilton has certainly fumbled up its waterfront from a developer's standpoint. Even aside from sacrificing the middle half of our waterline to heavy industry, the only high-density residential options we have managed to build on our waterline are rental high rises.

Coming into town across the McQuesten Bridge, you can see a skyline of phantoms: the Discovery Centre, shuttered on its third birthday and hocked on its sixth; the Stelco Tower, half-vacant and rooted in a mediocre retail superblock; the Landmark Building, a commercial mixed-use project that never nailed down market share and sent its developer into the business of suburban tract homes; the Fairclough Building, the taller sibling of HECFI’s albatross, the Convention Centre; the BDC building, once the offices of IBM and now home to both BDC and an exuberant sample of office vacancy in the core (17.3%); and of course Copps Coliseum, a 25-year-old basin full of tears for a hoped-for NHL franchise....

But I love the view from Sam Lawrence Park, and in the long run, there's still time to change the road you're on.

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