Comment 79308

By jason (registered) | Posted July 06, 2012 at 21:42:30 in reply to Comment 79294

you're exactly right...there's only one taxpayer. I personally don't mind sprucing up our smaller 'downtowns' like Dundas, Westdale, Ancaster etc.... I think they are wonderful pieces of Hamilton life and culture. But I agree with you - we're shooting ourselves in the foot by ignoring downtown. Only downtown Hamilton has the potential to add tens of thousands of residents and tens of thousands of jobs, using existing urban services. Hundreds or thousands of new small businesses can flourish on a revitalized King, Main, James and John . And this benefits every single taxpayer from Winona to Copetown. Everyone knows this - especially on council - which makes it even more baffling to see them constantly balk at converting downtown's streets into safe, vibrant, complete streets.
We've seen it work on James St, John South, Locke, Ottawa and Augusta....along with great examples in TO like College, Queen, King etc.... why not here??

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