Comment 82751

By John Neary (registered) | Posted November 11, 2012 at 20:50:11

you want to buy a crappy house in a crappy neighbourhood and then have the people who have made something of themselves pour their hard earned tax dollars into your street so you can reap the rewards. It's our tax dollars and we have a right to say how it's spent.

There's a taxonomy of ad hominem attacks against people who voice the opinion that our inner-city neighbourhoods need to become more liveable.

  1. You don't live in the inner city, so you have no legitimacy speaking on behalf of people who do. If you really cared, you'd live there, but you don't, so shut up.
  2. You live in the inner city and either rent your principal residence or live in a house with a modest assessment. Therefore, you don't pay enough property tax for your opinion to count. After all, the only opinions that count are those of rich people.
  3. You live in the inner city and pay enough property tax that your opinion "should matter". However, no self-respecting person would choose to live in the inner city if they could avoid it. Therefore, you are self-hating, neglectful of your kids, and/or appropriating the voice of REAL inner-city people. Oh, and the only reason you live in the inner city in the first place is to speculate on property. Because neighbourhood activism is CLEARLY the most efficient way to make money in Hamilton.

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