Starts at the top and its been that way for a long time. This stadium is not going to solve the problems Hamilton has. Not even close. I really believe there is no vision here. I used to go downtown to shop ,to the restaurants and to the movies but We don't anymore.1) Jackson Square is full of dollar stores, theres rift raft all over the place, puke on the side walks and you have to pay for parking. 2) Its a pain getting there, takes me forever from the east end. 3) Walking outside towards John ST. no way, been acosted around that area (probably due to the drug clinics there. Just a small sample of why the stadium won't do anything for the downtown. And how close will it be? The problem is no one spends money down there, no good business will go where they can't make money. Faster for me to get up the mountain to the meadowlands or limeridge or burlington and avoid the rift raft and free parking to boot. Between the wife and kids we spend trust me we spend, just not downtown. Will a new stadium and dollar stores attract me to the core,nope. Clean the city up first then build stadiums. Oh and I am a season ticket holder, We tailgate and to be honest in the last 25 years I've never spent a cent in the surrounding IWS businesses.
Sorry for the rant.