So another debate, more hemming and hawing about LRT.
Hamilton votes: Dundas residents anxious about LRT
It comes down to taxes, and the hangovers of amalgamation. People on the outside don't want to pay higher taxes because of the inside.
Here's my thing -- if taxes are your big concern, taxes are only going to go down if there's growth. So how do you bring growth? With investment in infrastructure like the LRT (or something else). You have to spend money to make money, as the saying goes. Maintaining the status quo is only ever going to cause a weakening of the tax base, and ergo, more taxes.
And this argument that it only benefits the core really pisses me off. You don't want to pay for something for the core? Fine. That's a two-way LRT line. Build your own hospitals and rooming houses and pogey offices and everything else it's unpalatable to have in Dundas. And LRT line will help you get to all those services in the core you rely on. FFS.
And that guy who paid eight grand for his house in 1957? A guy who's at minimum 77 years old? Guess what -- you're getting a LOT more back than eight grand when you sell that place. We have a nice apartment in the core for you! But if you want to stay where you are because it's nicer, well, nice things cost more, as with anything in life. I think you're doing OK, old man.
In summary, vote LRT.