As a homeowner and taxpayer in Ward 8 who is raising a young family here I have a few personal priorities that really prompted me to run for City Council.
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 a mix of all income levels and ethnicities which adds an exciting and inclusive vibrancy to our community that I would work to ensure exists throughout Ward 8 and the City of Hamilton.
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 8 we need to make sure that everyone has safe sidewalks, safer streets, slower traffic, better transit, nicer parks and that property standards are upheld.
We need to make sure that local businesses are supported by City Hall, instead of being road-blocked by costly red-tape, illogical restrictions and long delays for approvals.
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!
John-Paul Danko, P. Eng.
John-Paul Danko Hamilton City Council Candidate
Ward 8 – West Central Mountain
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