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Old 07-14-2011, 03:46 PM
 
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We went through the downtown and it looked pretty beat up. But I've read some folks here say it's a nice place to live.

Any thoughts?
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Old 07-14-2011, 04:27 PM
 
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I lived in Hamilton for a few years, I hated it. Very depressing.
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Old 07-14-2011, 04:54 PM
 
Location: Oakville, ON
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I work in Hamilton. Honestly, the difference between Hamilton and Burlington despite being neighbours is staggering - and the difference in real estate prices reflect that.

There are some tremendous real estate values there, but frankly the majority of the city is run down and has really low end demographics.

Ancaster and Dundas are nicer areas, but the majority of major retail and services are still in the Hamilton core so it's difficult to avoid.

It really is a shame that Hamilton has become so run down, because of all the major cities in Ontario it probably has the best location, and the most natural beauty. Lots of waterfront, greenspace, and limestone cliffs and waterfalls within city limits. Unfortunate in that setting it couldn't have the cleanliness of a place like London or Ottawa.
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Old 07-14-2011, 07:01 PM
 
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My sister has been living in Hamilton for a few years now and she likes it.

For me, the city is way too run down. Downtown is a total bust. Most stores closed down or closing. There isn't many jobs, and most get snapped up quick by the mcmaster students. I enjoy going out at night, enjoying the nightlife of the city. You just cant get that in Hamilton.
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Old 07-14-2011, 07:58 PM
 
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ITA with the above post.

For a city it's size, Hamilton is lacking in a lot of areas. It's still stuck in it's blue collar ways. Nothing's wrong with blue collar, but Hamilton is desperately trying to diversify it's economy and trying to get into Healthcare and Hi-tech areas. So a lot a young (and not so young) professional are working in the city, but many are not living there. They would rather live in Burlington, Oakville and even Toronto because Hamilton doesn't offer the lifestyle that the stereotypical “young professional” might enjoy.
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Old 07-14-2011, 09:47 PM
 
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Interesting. Sounds like it's not as nice as I'd thought it might be.
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Old 07-14-2011, 11:41 PM
 
Location: White Rock BC
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Hamilton is kind of a rough town. I don't mean with it's crime rate as it is quite low but just a hardcore blue collar, down on it's luck, Labatt's blue kind of place.
It's downtown is hurting but it's still a large and fairly vibrant one and Hess Village is very nice as is Dundas. Hamilton also enjoys a nice natural setting and has a very good stock of historic buildings.
It's always had a kind of "umph" that I like and it has character. I would take it over Kitchener any day of the week as Hamilton feels like a real city and Kitchener feels like a bunch of malls connected by freeways.
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Old 07-15-2011, 07:19 AM
 
Location: Thunder Bay, ON
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Hamilton is kind of a rough town. I don't mean with it's crime rate as it is quite low but just a hardcore blue collar, down on it's luck, Labatt's blue kind of place.
It's downtown is hurting but it's still a large and fairly vibrant one and Hess Village is very nice as is Dundas. Hamilton also enjoys a nice natural setting and has a very good stock of historic buildings.
It's always had a kind of "umph" that I like and it has character. I would take it over Kitchener any day of the week as Hamilton feels like a real city and Kitchener feels like a bunch of malls connected by freeways.
I think that's a pretty good assessment. Hopefully the low housing costs will attract some yuppy types from the GTA and help revitalize it's downtown. The inner city neighbourhoods are quite nice, it's really just the downtown core which has too many parking lots and run down buildings.
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Old 07-15-2011, 02:34 PM
 
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I think that's a pretty good assessment. Hopefully the low housing costs will attract some yuppy types from the GTA and help revitalize it's downtown. The inner city neighbourhoods are quite nice, it's really just the downtown core which has too many parking lots and run down buildings.
When you say the "inner city neighbourhoods", can you describe around which streets you mean?
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Old 07-15-2011, 03:22 PM
 
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I'm not sure where exactly Memph was referring to but I live in Westdale, near McMaster University ( west of the university), over there is nice. Also Ainsle wood ( south and east of the University).

The Beasley and Strathcona neighborhoods are closer to the core and are pretty decent. But the main thoroughfare (like Barton) are kinda rundown.
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