Dear Ward 7 Neighbours:
As a homeowner and taxpayer in Ward 7 who is raising a young family here I have a few personal priorities that really prompted me to run for City Council.
I will outline my priorities in three posts, and I would encourage you to leave a comment and tell me yours.
Investing In Family Friendly Neighbourhoods
As a father raising two young children, the family friendly atmosphere of our neighbourhood is why my wife and I decided to raise our family here in the first place.
To me, a family friendly neighbourhood is somewhere where kids can meet up with their friends, ride their bikes safely on the road, go to the park and walk to school – where teenagers can rely on efficient public transportation and continuous cycling infrastructure to get around town without relying on their parents for a ride – and where adults and seniors can safely walk the dog at night, get a great coffee at a local cafe, play chess in the park and pick up take-out at an eclectic local restaurant.
My neighbourhood is also a mix of all income levels and ethnicity which adds an exciting and inclusive vibrancy to our community that I would work to ensure exists throughout Ward 7.
I believe that we need a Councillor who can personally identify with the challenges of raising a young family here in order to effectively advocate for the kind of family friendly neighbourhood that is the best place in Hamilton to grow up.
Specifically, in Ward 7 we need to secure investment in community recreation centers like Hill Park and Eastmount, add more splash pads, redevelop our park greenspaces, advocate for safer streets, slow down traffic on our neighbourhood roads and invest in better transit options.
The best thing about family friendly neighbourhoods is that they are not just great places to live for families – they are great places to live for everyone!
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