Statement by Mike Colyer
The proposed stadium is to be built for the people of Hamilton as a whole, not one minority player. In that regard, the West Harbour site makes sense on so many levels. Hamilton is in the process of shedding it's image as a grimy industrial centre and slowly but surely acquiring a well deserved reputation as a progressive city with an envied art community and a beautiful waterfront development. Recently, an artist friend of mine from Northern Ontario was in town taking part in an art show and sale. After a day or two, he confided that he hadn't been looking forward to visiting, but was amazed and impressed with what a beautiful city he saw developing and hoped to return as often as possible. How on earth is more suburban sprawl, an undesirable relic of a bygone era, going to spread the word that Hamilton is a wonderful, dynamic place to visit and live? How will it support the urban renewal so vital to the 21st century? How is it going to make our city look? I applaud our mayor and council for initially supporting the West Harbour site and dearly hope that they have the collective fortitude to stick to their guns.