All Statements of Support
Ruby West says,
Hamilton dountown is the best place for the stadium
Lenore Dickson says,
Think FUTURE. Hamilton downtown needs this, east mountain will survive either way.
Brodie Chree says,
This is an obvious screw job. Resist the urge to bail out million sports team owners.
Allan Case says,
As Council readies itself for its meeting on August 10, it has the unique opportunity to show the residents of the city what it values most: community interests, or corporate interests.
Throughout the past few weeks, it seems that Tiger-Cat ownership has tried to make this decision about the team's future in the city: the Ti-Cats won't play in West Harbour; the Ti-Cats will pay to create a giant parking lot on provincial lands; the Ti-Cats will only support a soccer club at the east mountain location...
However, what seems to be missing is the understanding that the new stadium is not being built for them; it is supposed to be a community project, designed to benefit Hamilton the city, and that the team will benefit from a new stadium in an urban location -- much like it benefits from the current stadium location.
Council needs to realize and remember that this project was not originally undertaken to benefit the corporate interests of one tenant, for 11 days in a 365-day year... it was pursued to benefit the community as a whole, of which the football team is but a small part.
I support the West Harbour location because I support Hamilton. Hopefully, on August 10, Council will support Hamilton as well.
Ronald Fulton says,
I fully support the west harbour location for a new hamilton stadium. Public funds must be used to promote and support the public interest. Building a stadium on a greenfield site in suburbia flies in the face of good planning, Hamilton's desire to infill developed urban space and frankly - most new stadium building around the world. Look at South Africa and the World Cup stadia. In the suburban wilderness?? No. Within walking distance of downtown Durban, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, etc.
Tara Tikuisis says,
Downtown needs this!
Greg Schultz says,
Hamilton's downtown core is in desperate need of investment and renewal, to locate the new development anywhere but here would be unforgivable to the residence of this city. I would say undoubtably if the stadium where to be build in the new developments of the east mountain, not only would i be unable to attend the games, I would be not support the Tiger Cats or any other sports team the city would situate there. This would make an excellent addition to the harbour front and give the city a well needed nudge in the direction of development and support.
Sharon Derkach says,
PAN AM LOCATION: Vote for West Hamilton site. Do what is best for Hamilton in years to come. East Mtn. will be developed irregardless. Majority of constituents have stated that downtown revitalization is a priority. Develop brownfield, utilize the beautiful waterfront, show off the lovely west end of Hamilton. This will just bed the start of further development, improvement and beautification and $$ spent will extend to downtown before and after events.
Henrik Reiland says,
The West Harbour area, near the heart of the city core, must be sown and nurtured with the seeds of visionaries. With care and good planning, there will be a bountiful harvest for the proud citizens of Hamilton. City planners have asked for input from the public. I took the time to submit my opinion on several topics. This development project will benefit the core, surpassing Copps Colliseum in its options to spur further core growth, by its scenic and logistical location and ongoing cleanup of unsightly warehouses.
Larry the cable guy says it right.
Get'r done !!!!!!!!!
Lori Morton says,
I support the motion to develop the stadium in the West Hamilton Harbour front.
Bradlry Stewart says,
Aren't we trying to encourage more public transit, and environmental options, not worry about parking and driving more cars......... It must be at the Rheems old site.
Deirdre Pike says,
Please note the Roundtable on Poverty Reduction's Social Inclusion document supporting this site.
Rachelle Skinner says,
My vote is for West Harbour and I hope that Hamilton will come through with all the other plans that they have talked about for the downtown. I believe that Hamiltonians are looked upon as never coming through with anything that they say they are going to do or have promised. WHY IS THAT! Can we never come through with anything in this city. JUST DO IT! Enough talk and debate.
Michael Holmes says,
No city can be world class without a vibrant and viable downtown. It's time for all of us, Councillors and citizens alike, to get behind those, especially business-owners, who've kept the faith in our downtown through years and years of promises. Now is the time for Councillors to stand firm and finally put their words into action and show the rest of Canada what Hamilton's really all about.
kate hunt says,
east mount sucks!
Valery & Lilli Schikolenko says,
City Council should stay with their original plan and stop wavering.
Sandra Homer says,
Our harbour front and city is backwards compared to our neighbors
Burlington, Oakville, etc. Building the Pan Am Stadium at West Harbour Front will move us forward.
Gord McNulty says,
As the motion indicates, the suburban sprawl which the East Mountain site would entail is the wrong way to go. The idea of a 6,800-space parking lot on a greenfield, the increased risk of flooding of the Red Hill Creek Parkway with increased runoff, and the proximity of the East Mountain site to the Eramosa Karst Conservation Area, make the East Mountain a poor choice from an environmental perspective.
As Tiger-Cat season ticket holder, I believe the Tiger-Cats can succeed in an attractive new stadium on the West Harbour. Any congestion issues can be managed creatively with increased reliance on transit, shuttles, street closings, etc. West Harbour is our choice.
Marie LaForme says,
I was born and raised in hamilton and much of my family lives here. I left hamilton seven years ago to go to university and I currently spend my winters working in the NWT as a teacher. I'm at the point in my life where I soon will make the decision on where to buy my first house. I would love to live in a forward thinking city that values it's core, it's heart... We have a beautiful harbour, that is becoming a place for people. A place people can go to enjoy not only the harbour but a concert or a game then dine or go for a drink, all with out the use of a car. This is our chance to make hamilton a place people choose to live in.
Alan Drummond says,
I support the West Harbour Location and hope that it can become a sort of a community centre with lots of activities and resourceses for the area. It cannot be a facility for Ticats only a few times a year.
Terence Fozard says,
I'm tired of green space being used for urban sprawl when we have acres of real estate with eyesores that need to be cleaned up.
The lower city could probably benefit dramatically from this venture.
Rein Ende says,
As a resident of the area bordering on the proposed West Hamilton Velodrome and Pan Am Stadium site, I have to admit a small degree of concern at the possibility of increased traffic and parking issues in this neighbourhood. However I am confident that these matters can be addressed in a satisfactory manner, and I challenge those involved to do so. Nevertheless, I see this kind of development in the area to be a positive and necessary step forward for the City of Hamilton. I look forward to the possibility of increased retail and hospitality venues in the area as the development of the West Harbour continues. I also look forward to improved transit and even the suggestion of a GO/CNR station to serve the area, not just at rush hours, or only on a handful of "game" days, but throughout the day and throughout the week. I am concerned about the attitude of those who would cheerfully pave another farmer's field in the suburbs, and leave the legacy of industrial waste behind. The clean-up of the the brownfield are becomes possible if the costs are buried in a large widely-funded project. Furthermore, I am disturbed by suggestions from a commercial interest, i.e. the ti-cats, that they oppose this location. As a relatively small stakeholder, they should not be allowed to dominate the debate. I hope that we are looking at a multi-purpose, year-round, entertainment area complex, integrated with the surroundings that will bring life to this area.
patricia Brown says,
If sense was common, everyone would have it. I Think that building on the West Harbour offers more for everyone. The word "transportation", seems to be missing a "t" on the featured statement. Thank you for allowing me to voice me opinion.
joseph sawicki says,
The PAN AM games are what we are bringing here. The ticats should be able to accomodate this.
Philip Britz-McKibbin says,
I support the West Harbour site as it will help revitalizw downtown Hamilton and the waterfront area.
JJ Taylor says,
Wow, the Cats players are at the east rally tonight, how cheesy is that ?? How did you manage that Bob, tell them their jobs were on the line....how nice to have a bunch of football players, most of which are American & couldn't even find Hamilton a few months ago, to try & influence the vote on a new stadium.Heck if they keep playing like they are doing most of them won't even be around next season, never mind by the time the new WEST stadium is built. This is my town & our town, it does not belong to an absentee 10 game "caretaker" (as he likes to be known)his players or "Tagalong Cohon")his friendly commish.....it belongs to US....WEST IS BEST !!
Mayor Fred, you are doing a fine job, keep on fighting !!
Paul Hoang says,
Picture going to a Cats game, or perhaps an MLS game or even a festival at a stadium where you can enjoy the waterfront atmosphere before during and after the event! Let's draw people down to our waterfront, and our downtown.
If we drop the ball here, and don't seize this great opportunity, generations of Hamiltonians will lose out. A healthy downtown, with an exciting waterfront accessible for everyone, is a recipe for Civic prosperity. Ask the people of Pittsburgh (a former steeltown like Hamilton) how proud they are of their waterfront (and waterfront Stadium).
STAND UP HAMILTON... FIGHT FOR THE WEST HARBOUR LOCATION!!
SEE YOU AUGUST 7th in HESS VILLAGE!!!!!
Posted by UrbanRenaissance
YES ! BY FREQUENTLY GOING TO THE BAYFRONT PARK, HAMILTON HARBOUR ...FOR ENJOYING THE WALKS, TAKING MY KIDS TO PLAY AT THE PLAYGROUNDS, TAKING THE SHIP TRIP AROUND THE HAMILTON BAY ...I ENVISION THE SAME GREAT THING FOR OUR CITY, OUR HAMILTONIANS AND OUR GENERATIONS WILL BE BENEFIT A LOT WITH THE WEST HARBOUR DEVELOPMENTS: WE CAN BUILD AN AMPHI-THEATRE, SPORT STADIUM, CONDOS, CASINO, HOTELS, ...
BOB YOUNG AND HIS TIGER-CAT TEAM CAN JUST STAY AT THE IVORY STADIUM/ OR MOVE OUT FROM HAMILTON IF THEY ARE SELFISH ENOUGHT BY ONLY CARING FOR THEIR BUSINESS DOLLARS ! DO NOT THREADTEN HAMILTONIANS BY MOVING TO ...SOMEWHERE (???) POOR PEOPLE (KIDS) CAN NOT AFFORD TO GO TO THE EAST MOUNTAIN TO PARTICIPATE IN SPORTS.
I THINK PEOPLE NEVER BEEN TO THE WEST HARBOUR HAS NO IDEA HOW GREAT POTENTIAL IT HAS FOR OUR CITY !!!
PLEASE SHOW YOUR LOVE AND SUPPORT FOR OUR YOUNGER GENERATIONS !
HAMILTONIANS NEED TO STAND UP ... AND FIGHT FOR THE WEST HARBOUR LOCATION!! CITY COUNCILLORS: DO NOT WASTE OUR TAX DOLLARS !!!
peter McCluskey says,
Downtowns are the character of cities just like their sports franchises are. The tiger cats image will benefit far more from being an integrated part of the city and its revitalization of the beautiful West Harbour location, than it will as an added attraction at the latest super mall in the suburbs. Visitors will spread the word about how beautiful Hamilton is after they have experienced the new stadium and the newly developed West Harbour.
Anna Taylor says,
My Partner and i moved to the city of hamilton because of the promise of development, because opportunity and potential hangs in the air here.
The water front has been remade into something so lovely already - bay front park and the harbor boardwalk - there is still so much room to capitalize on what the city has already started.
Please continue to bring family friendly development to our new home.
Adam Delville says,
Keep it at the West Harbour! Don't put it up on the mountain it's too inconvenient and will take away from the Ti-Cats TRUE downtown core fanbase.
Think long-term not short-term in regards to rebuilding Hamilton's core. It will draw revenues for secondary businesses in the area: parking, food/beverage, and local shops that exist and may pop up due to the increased foot traffic.