Comment 80326

By highwater (registered) | Posted September 01, 2012 at 11:10:36 in reply to Comment 80325

I agree that the cynicism and apathy we see in many long time residents is the result of having the football snatched away one too many times, but while many Hamiltonians may love their hometown in general, they hate the parts of it that are more urban in character.

This is not something peculiar to Hamilton, by any means. Anti-urban sentiment has been an all too dominant thread throughout the last century and a half of North American history, and cities everywhere have suffered because of it.

Cities and the people who live in them have always been a convenient punching bag on the national level. On a local level, this anti-urbanism takes the form of the irrational fear and loathing of the downtown and it's residents that is spewed every time discussion turns to investing public dollars in anything that stands to benefit the downtown, whether it's transit infrastructure, liveable streets, economic incentives, etc.

There will always be a substantial portion of the population who will cling to their loathing of all things urban, and for whom no amount of proof of downtown's revitalization will change their skewed perceptions.

Comment edited by highwater on 2012-09-01 11:11:31

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