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idea factory for east end

My first thought when I saw this lovely project was: east end of Dundas:

If ever the Hydro building was in a position to be repurposed, something like this would be a beautiful attraction to the area.
Celebrating the outdoors and helping create healthy recreational opportunities would enhance this part of Dundas, so long used as a dumping ground/industrial zone.
Hamilton's interest in cultural policy relating to development should follow Toronto's, according to Hamilton's Cultural Heritage project manager Ali Sabourin:
Toronto’s cultural policies are used in development, for example, by looking at the cultural corridor around a site and how the developer can “add to the vibe of the area”....We want the spaces to reflect what’s interesting in the area,” Sabourin said. [source: Hamilton Spectator]
So, transforming the east end from literal dumping ground into a natural/recreation region would begin by restoring the natural beauty so abundant, but neglected, in previous development. Extending the "vibe" of Cootes Paradise, Lake JoJo, Spencer Creek, and the historic Desjardin's Canal would re-define this special locale.

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