Comment 39363

By Take back the waterfront (anonymous) | Posted March 31, 2010 at 19:41:57

Imagine a public waterfront park that would run from the west harbour all the way to Woodward Ave in the east, completely free from large industrial zoning. This park would be filled with bike paths, sports fields and perhaps some natural areas.

If you wanted to live near this super park, how much would you be willing to pay? How much demand would there be for condos and homes in the area? In other words, how much more valuable would the land be after it was designed for humans rather than steel companies?

What else would happen if the city started focusing on quality living rather than on industrial jobs? Well, the jobs that we would start getting would be ones that don't rely on destroying the local environment. Jobs where people work in offices and small commercial buildings. Jobs where people use their brains and skills to build new products, rather than just burning things in huge ovens.

The time for steel to leave Hamilton is getting near. If and when this happens, the area around the waterfront will be some of the best real estate in the city.

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