Ward 3 residents are tired of being treated as second-class citizens. We want the best of what Hamilton has to offer. And we want to transform our derelict industrial and civic spaces into new centres for public engagement and community. There are incredible assets in Ward 3 and residents deserve to use them.
I would like to invest in community service hubs that allow for inter-divisional service delivery from libraries, schools and community centres. We have many opportunities in Ward 3 for adaptive reuse of former city properties. Community Hubs are a great way to consolidate needed services into neighbourhoods that lack easy access.
I’d like to see the creation of an Industrial Campus that is a leader in environmental standards and a responsible neighbour. We have so much under-utilized industrial area and I know we can work together to attract innovators, entrepreneurs and light manufacturing. We should also seriously take a look at Burlington St / Nikola Tesla Ave and find ways to modernize, beautify and better integrate this important corridor into our social and economic life here in Ward 3.
The Children’s Museum does play-based learning very well. It is important for children to have access to this, close to home. The Children’s Museum has potential and should expand - both physically and in terms of scope - to integrate history, nature, coding, science and technology. The Museum in Kitchener, Ontario, is a great example of a modern and engaging Children's Museum and it attracts visitors from around the region and the province.
I’d like to see us finish the Stadium District and implement the community’s request for soccer pitches and green space on the former Dom Glass lands. I’d also look at the possibility of adding some parking space. As we know, parking is always chaos during Ti-Cats games and special events. We need a longer term solution.
And we always need more green spaces designed with children, families and seniors in mind. So when evaluating any new development proposals, we must always push for the inclusion of accessible parkettes, community gardens or other types of green space. We can also look at transforming vacant city properties into community green space and gardens where possible.
Attracting Grocery and Banking
We live in a desert for Grocery Stores, Banks and other types of services and retail. There is one single major bank branch, a couple of credit unions and two major grocery stores in the entire ward. Access to quality, affordable fresh produce is a major issue for the health of our residents, and is a huge factor in the affordability of everyday life. Together we can map out what retail services are lacking and come up with a plan to identify potential locations and then invite potential tenants to bring their services back to our ward.