Civic Leaders’ Forum On DownTown Plans

Source: The Hamilton Spectator
 

Spectator: Our series has documented a downtown that has some of the highest rates of poverty in Canada, crime rates as high as anywhere in the new city, with rock-bottom real estate prices, low rents, and buildings that are empty and decaying.
How do you feel about all of this?

Mayor Bob Wade: I don’t have a problem with all of this … The first step to a solution is to recognize that you have a problem and you (The Spectator) are helping with the recognition of that problem …

Across the country, many urban areas are having similar types of problems. But I believe that we have opportunities to do the right things and to work toward the downtown that we would like to see …

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