All Statements of Support
Stacey Laiden says,
brad gray says,
this should be an easy decision.
Azim Kasmani says,
Having working with counselors, the economic development committee, and the JPC, all in an effort to try and get McMaster students engaged in the city of Hamilton and its downtown core, I feel the need to voice my opposition to moving the project to the outskirts of the city. Hamilton needs real leadership if we as a community wish to reap the benefits of all our hard work, and that requires a long term vision, investment, and dedication. Moving the stadium to the East Mountain will send a clear message to residents of the city and potential investors alike: the leadership of Hamilton doesn't care about the downtown core and its revival.
It is my hope that this project continue in the West Harbour location and lead to much success and prosperity for the City of Hamilton.
Aaron Toth says,
I believe that a West Harbour site for the PanAm stadium would not only be more convenient for us living in West Hamilton, but also right at the core of Hamilton itself.
Think of the urban revival that will flourish around the West Harbour site.
Think of the possibilities when it comes to the proposed light rail system.
Think of the money the city has already invested in the West Harbour site.
The West Harbour site is also on a gorgeous waterfront trail that would help dismiss the myth that Hamilton is a terrible place to live.
Kay Chornook says,
I cannot understand how a responsible city council in the year 2010 could possibly consider building a stadium in a car-access only location when the alternative is available. Not only can cars access the West Harbour via the 403/York and QEW/Burlington (with a little intelligent civil planning), but it is a site that recognizes the future which will inevitably, and necessarily, be public transit oriented.
Make this city whole, give it an exciting center, build a new recreation community around the stadium, connect the fantastic waterfront with the rest of the downtown. And think forward, not backward. Please.
If the man with the money is truthful in his desire to keep the Ti-cats a Hamilton team and part of the community, then keep them in Hamilton and commit to the larger, more intelligent, downtown revitalization plan. Imagine all the Pan-Am guests wandering throughout the downtown/waterfront area, not isolated on a remote suburban island. The waterfront view to the north and east and the escarpment view to the west and south is stunning.
neil woodley says,
I totally support the locating of the Pan Am Games Stadium to The West Harbour. Not doing so would be a huge mistake that i feel we will live to regret.
6o million of our future Fund is going to be spent on this. The word Future being the key here.
If we want to keep encouraging our cities rebirth and dynamic future for attracting talent, then this Stadium needs to be in the west.
If we want to be aware of peak oil concerns and plan for our cities long term future then this Stadium needs to be in the west.
If we want to get people into the idea of using their cars less then this Stadium needs to be in the west.
If we want Hamilton to be a showcase city for public infrastructure, integrated transportation policy, forward thinking and a model for North America
then this Stadium needs to be in the west.
If we want to ignore what well respected international planners, economists, environmentalists, architects are telling about what the future vision is for sustainable cities and development. say. If we want to go with the old model, old ideas and backward looking model. If we want to go pander yet again to the drive way to drive ideal that is seeing its sun set for countless reasons. If we want to choke all the gains we have made in the downtown and leave it the wasteland of lost opportunity. Then sure go right ahead an waste the 60 million in the east. You're only going to get this chance once so make sure that you leave a legacy greater than the need of the moment. Leave a legacy that lasts for generations.
Make it the west and be brave just like the people who put down roots and built this city that we love.
Gord Simmons says,
I've busked many cities; though I do not have a degree in city planning, my deduction through many cities of observation is that the West site is best for ALL who are significantly involved in the project.
joel geleynse says,
NOT having the stadium in West Harbour would be like putting the Rogers Centre in Scarborough.
Matthew Sweet says,
How often do we say that we want so many big things for the City of Hamilton? Why then when we are provided an opportunity to create a legacy for the future do we retreat into narrow interests, outdated thinking, and half measures? Build the Pan Am Stadium in the West Harbour, and support that decision with other bold steps to bring Hamilton from the brink of a "bedroom community" destiny into something better and brighter. One Stadium at the West Harbour won't change our city, but this one bold decision can yield greater change.
Adam Bentley says,
The tiger cats need to look at almost every successful "stadium" built in the last 20 years....
Hint: they're not on the periphery of the city
Barbara Milne says,
I add my voice to those appalled by these new developments. To turn away from a project that would bring so much to this city's downtown in favour of a suburban "Jackson Square". Are we doomed to never learn? Choose the path with vision, with a future that will not be just plain embarrassing!
Dan Weir says,
The East Mountain site is simply terrible urban planning. If you're going to ask the citizens of Hamilton to make this investment then the money should be spent in the best interests of the city. The East Mountain site is not in the interest of the city only in the interest of one single private business. The East mountain does not need anything to catalyze development. If anything there's too much going on already. We can't keep expanding into the greenbelt forever. Not taking the immense opportunity that this stadium provides to bring about real change in a critical area of the city would be a mistake felt for generations. Please have the foresight and fortitude to move forward with the West Harbour. I am urging you as a passionate Hamiltonian PLEASE don't make a terrible mistake
Sheila Noble-Chree says,
To Hamilton City Council and all others that love this city: There has been enough talk about Hamilton's great potential. We all need to pick up the pace and walk towards our vision of downtown renewal to make Hamilton that Strong, Progressive, Vibrant, and Unique city that welcomes the future. Choosing the West Harbour location is the only inelligent decision that fits this vision. Do not get distracted by the nonesense background noise that is trying to cloud the air of what is truely the right decision and direction for this wonderful city.
Martinus Geleynse says,
Hamilton is at a crossroads in its history. You, our elected officials, have been given the driver's seat on our behalf. The decisions you make will affect the lives of hundreds of thousands of people for years - long after you all leave office. For this reason, I implore and encourage you to show some ambition when considering issues like the location of the Pan Am stadium. This stadium is a game-changer. Placing it in the west harbour area will immediately have a tremendous impact on the downtown, increasing likelihood of further urban development, stimulating the downtown economy, and strengthening the case for light rail transit in the city. Placing the stadium on the east mountain will remove another reason people have to venture downtown while signaling to the citizens of this city that our leaders are easily bought by outside influences...at the expense of the heart of their city. We continually listen to speakers at Mayor's Luncheons, Economic Summits, and JPC events telling us to invest in our downtown - but we so often forget about them minutes later. We regularly produce plans like GRIDS, and set our urban density targets, but still somehow refuse to truly invest in them.
Currently, there is a spark in the downtown. It's a spark of creativity, innovation, and economic activity - seen in individuals like Mark Chamberlain, Jeremy Frieburger, Chris Farias, Dan Banko, etc. Companies and organizations like MacGillivray Accountants, the Hamilton24 Festival, Factor[e], Mabel's Labels, and CareGo are blooming where they're located - downtown. These individuals and companies have committed to rebuilding this city. As a young entrepreneur myself, I have purchased land downtown, located my offices downtown, and committed to building my businesses here. As young, educated entrepreneurs, we could easily make faster money in Toronto, but we have instead decided to be a part of the renaissance that is undeniably taking hold of Hamilton's downtown. We have located ourselves where our abilities and the needs of our world meet: fanning the spark of renewal in Hamilton's core. As our elected leaders - it is your responsibility to lead this city with ambition; vigorously seeking what is best for its citizens over the course of time. You, like everyone else in civic politics are fully aware that greenfield development is unsustainable, and that the downtown is the heart of the city. If you opt to listen to the dollars of a private investor (with only 10 home games per year), while ignoring the pleas of Hamiltonians committed to renewal of their beloved city: you will have failed us. Hamilton's core is just beginning to turn a corner. Please do not pull this rug out from beneath us. For the sake of our future - please have faith your city, and place the stadium in the west harbour location.
As young people, we are the future of this city, and while it may seem unlikely, we're pretty excited about that. We, like so many Hamiltonians, know that this city can be great, and we're committed to accomplishing this. Hamilton used to be known as "the Ambitious City". We're reclaiming that title. As our elected officials, I would hope you to be among the first people to see and support this. To be ambitious means to be bold and motivated, unstoppable and driven. Risks bring rewards, while cowardice brings mediocrity. Lead us with ambition!
Thank-you all for your service to our city,
walter furlan says,
stop the car culture thinking and locate this stadium where ALL progressive Cities locate their sports venues. In the city where people can access it. That means West Harbour.
Lisa Alfano says,
I don't know about you, but I'm exhausted with watching Hamilton support projects that don't move our downtown core, its citizens, and the image of the city forward. The new Pan Am stadium should be built at the West Harbour--a tremendously more progressive site than the East Mountain.
Chris Erl says,
I am wholeheartedly in support of the West Harbour site for Hamilton's Pan-Am Stadium.
Downtown renewal is an integral component of making this city a more vibrant, more unique and more audacious home for young professionals and their families.
All the benefits of the West Harbour location, namely brownfield cleanup, efficient use of space and resources and a culture of progressive leadership, will most certainly spur downtown revitalization and continue the stunning momentum Hamilton has seen in recent years.
Our city longs for urban renewal...a sense of pride in where we come from. I urge council and all affected parties to help foster that sense of pride.
Choose the West Harbour, for all Hamiltonians.
Casey Park says,
I've grown to love this city in the past four years I've lived here and would hate to see this project atrophy into nothing trapped in bureaucracy and posturing.
The prospect of revitalization is too real to pass up.
Craig Hermanson says,
Our household firmly supports a West Harbour location which supports urban renewal and transit development. We do not support a driveway to driveway East Mountain location which would encourage driving, discourage walking and transit use and "land-lock" a stadium with parking lots. Increased paving in this area would also add to flooding concerns on the Red Hill Creek Expressway.
The West Harbour location is right choice for the future of our city.
Jamie Allen says,
A stadium West Harbour makes so much sense... I'm kind of surprised that this is an issue.
Call Bob Young's bluff and send him a strong message -- This is our city! This is our future!
Valerie VanLandschoot says,
Do not make a short sighted mistake! The future is urban renewal and city living, not the suburbs and parking. Look at what other cities are doing, urban waterfront stadiums. Do not be bribed, stand strong and do what you know is right, West Harbour is the only location.
Brodie Chree says,
My city is downtown not next to the Best Buy! The Ticats are free to build where ever they'd like. On their own dime.
Joey Stewart says,
I grew up right around the corner from the Rheem site. I spent the first 26 years of my life there. I watched as construction began on Harbourfront park, slowly transforming a dump into a BEAUTIFUL place to be. I have spent countless hours spreading the word that Hamilton is more than just steel and industry, argued with people till I was blue in the face, trying to emphasize the transition that can/will take place in our core and along our waterfront. Opportunity is knocking on our door. It is time we remove the sign that says do not disturb and replace it with a "VISIONARIES WELCOME" sign. This is OUR time to take advantage of a situation that will NEVER come around again. Continue to RECLAIM OUR WATERFRONT, welcome the Pan Am Games and build OUR stadium on OUR waterfront. Let the world see how Beautiful it really is here. Lets breakdown the common stereotypes that it is nothing but steel and grime here, NOBODY outside this city ( that are not willing to take their time) sees the beauty of our waterfront. The Pan Am games will allow THE WORLD to see it. It will be a defining moment for OUR city. It will tell all, that HAMILTON is a city where visions and ideas WILL become reality.
"When faced with a challenge, look for a way, not a way out."
Raymond Lawlor says,
I strongly encourage Hamilton city council to make a progressive decision in this matter and locate the new stadium at a site that will serve to aid urban renewal. Although it is true that a new stadium at the West Harbour site would not provide the same ease of highway access as the East Mountain site, it will be close to public transport infrastructure (i.e. new GO station on Murray) and help change the path of the city away from increasing urban sprawl and automobile dependency. On July 1 my family had the pleasure of watching the city's impressive firework display at Bayfront Park ... hundreds of people attended and although it is true finding a parking place to watch the show was difficult, it was by no means impossible. Locate the stadium where it should be, in the center of town, and every Ticat game would offer the same opportunity! I don't buy for one minute the Ticat's concerns that people will stay away because the stadium is not right next to the Red Hill Expressway.
Glen Atwell says,
Choose between a City made in the image of Corporate Boardrooms by Out of Town investors or a City that responds to the Public Needs and wants. You vote on the Location, then we VOTE ON YOU.
Geoff Bil says,
I support the West Harbor stadium location. Of the options currently before the city, it represents the only fiscally, environmentally and ethically responsible expenditure of public funds.
My year as a graduate student at McMaster University left me with a very positive impression of Hamilton's lower city potential. From its superb restaurants and pubs to its parks and burgeoning local arts scene, downtown Hamilton exudes a sense of place that its civic leadership would do best to reaffirm by centralizing the city's urban cultural attractions in the lower city, rather than diffusing the investment of scarce public dollars to the uninhabited city periphery.
While the Ticats themselves would be a significant draw to the city's growing waterfront and north end, the possible acquisition of a soccer team in the future would double the economic and cultural return on the initial investment. This acquisition, in my opinion, would be more likely if it capitalized on the existing cultural synergy of the city's north end.
In sum, the Pan-Am games present the city of Hamilton with the opportunity of re-affirming and growing its status as a cultural hub for the entirety of southern Ontario. This opportunity should not be squandered by decentering and diffusing this cultural synergy and relocating one of the city's most valuable cultural assets to its hinterland.
Gerry Swanson says,
Dear City Council, PLEASE do not disregard these messages and write off their authors as 'hippies'. We are sincere in believing that this decision will be fundamental in deciding whether Hamilton sinks or soars. Our magnificent city is at a tipping point now and there has been so much good progress in revitalizing our downtown and our communities. A poor decision now will halt all this forward momentum, and send out a message to the world that our city is decaying faster than Detroit did.
Jason Mills says,
Ivor Wynne Stadium has been part of the urban fabric of Hamilton since it's inception. I remember the feeling of walking through the working class neighbourhoods on my way to the game as a kid and it's one of the things that makes going to a Tiger Cats game special. Please keep it that way. Make the right choice. Move it to the waterfront. Have we not learned anything from those suburban parks in the United States? The best parks have always been downtown. Look at the success of Montreal or AT&T field in San Francisco.
Laura Farr says,
The initial funding from the Government was earmarked for a stadium that was already accessible by transit. To pander to Bob Young and the Ti-Cats, a ten-home game commitment per year, is not what this stadium was supposed to be for.
To build a stadium on greenfield property, near highways that already have severe issues with flooding, with no current transit accessibility, and is located on the outskirts of the established city is old thinking, and does not fit within the city's plan, the plan proposed for the Pan-Am Games, nor any of the city's growth plan, not to mention irking all of the city taxpayers, and losing a great opportunity for revitalization.
This is Hamilton's to lose, and I would hate to see that happen.
George White says,
Sadly, Hamilton is a city that has consistently and habitually failed to capitalize upon its opportunities and great potential.
However, in spite of the embarrassingly regressive nature of past urban planning decisions, this city still manages to provide hope for citizens seeking a progressive and sustainable urban community. It is this hope that creates the need for myself, as well as countless other Hamiltonians, to share our concerns over such an obviously counterproductive project like the East Mountain stadium.
This will be a crucial turning point in the history and character of this city. A decision to construct a bland suburban stadium will confirm what many of us already fear: that Hamilton is quite content in becoming yet another sprawling suburb of the GTA. Unfortunately, this world already has a Mississauga.
Conversely, shall this city decide to employ this golden opportunity to begin to right the wrongs of past city-building decisions, then we may see a far more livable, vibrant and urban community in the years to come.
So what's it going to be, Hamilton?