... so hostile to business and economic development?
We have seen Stelco (I still call it that) and Dofasco (I still call it that) seriously downsize or shut down, Siemans shut down and start a different plant in Halton, the Airport lands constantly underdeveloped (don't give me the "Greenbelt" gruff - if that happens, my relatives won't be able to ever sell their property), the constant closure of businesses downtown and along Barton
St, vacant buildings that generate ABSOLUTELY ZERO tax revenue, a meat-processing plant that would have employed many UNIONIZED (a good thing) people run out of town before the shovel broke dirt, areas in the city left to rot (Rheem) with NO accountability from the landowners, etc ad nauseum.
As I stated in a different thread, residential property taxes in Hamilton are assessed stupidly. I pay less property tax on a 3-bedroom town home in Ottawa (7 years old, 1900+ sq ft) than my Mom does in West Hamilton for a 60-year-old 2 bedroom house (about 1500 sq ft). Is this a way to "top up" tax revenue due to the lack of business taxes being paid?
I once read (can't be bothered to look it up) that the average taxes for a business in downtown Hamilton are higher than in downtown Toronto. Especially in so-called vacant "heritage" buildings that it seems takes a Constitutional Amendment to alter in any way in order to make them economically viable.
Add to this the closure of McMaster University Medical Centre's ER to anybody over the age of 12 (kind of cuts off a first-class ER to anybody living between James St and Cambridge).
There are many more reasons than I can list as to why Hamilton seems to be so hostile to business and economic development. How does this tie-in to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats?
141-year tradition. An owner who wants to at least stop losing money playing in an economically-unfeasible stadium (be it IWS, West Harbour, etc), and employs over 200 people (taxpayers) in a prime office area (Jarvis St) and wants to add so much more to his business (soccer team, actually wanting to help develop WH). An owner that has been hamstrung by Council trying to force him to move his team where THEY want him to move, regardless of the financial loss he would take.
City Council should take a long, hard look at themselves in a mirror and search whatever soul they might still have to see if they can find it inside themselves to lead some "real" change in the region.
Of course, the cynic in me realizes that the Councilors have guaranteed jobs for the next 4 years, being paid about four times the "welfare case" assistance that many of their constituents have to live on, so why should they care?