Back in December Ann talked about the virtues of living in the suburbs and she said to check back as I would be saying she is shortsighted. Well I won’t go that far, but there are many things that people don’t realize city living has to offer.
Let’s start with the close proximity to everything. I live in the Gage Park area and have been here for about 21 years. I am basically located in the middle of the city and can travel to all ends in a matter of minutes. Including highway access! Many areas of interest are within walking distance or a short bicycle ride, such as Gage Park, the downtown core (home to many fine restaurants, entertainment, and don’t forget the Hamilton Farmers Market), all the great shops on Locke and Ottawa Streets, and of course our bay front park with all its walking trails and shady spots to sit and read a book on a warm sunny afternoon.
For those who don’t drive all the locations mentioned are accessible by public transit. Try getting from the suburbs to downtown in a reasonable length of time. It’s not going to happen.
One thing I’ve found about living in the city is the neighbourhood pride. All my neighbours are very friendly and we all look out for each other. The younger folks on my street are always there to help out some of the older folks with snow shoveling and grass cutting. I know people who live in the suburbs in newer surveys and don’t even know who their next door neighbour is after 4 or 5 years.
I grew up in a small town and I still get that small town feeling from my neighbourhood. I still get that small town feeling when I walk down Ottawa Street or go to their Farmer’s Market, when I stroll down Locke St. or go for a quiet walk in Bayfront or Gage Park.
I have mentioned but a few locales in the city, but to all you folks in the suburbs, I challenge you to take the time to explore what urban Hamilton has to offer. You may be pleasantly surprised!!