Renewal is on the rise in Hamilton. Now is the time to be clear and consistent about our city’s vision of tomorrow. And that vision needs to disrupt the status quo and produce dramatic, systemic change. Otherwise, Hamilton risks defeat in the battle among municipalities to attract and retain talent and investment.
That’s the central message Tom Murphy brought to town when he spoke at the Chamber’s 7th Hamilton Economic Summit held last month. Murphy is a former Mayor of Pittsburgh, a community that has renounced its rustbelt ways to become America’s most livable city.
“It happened because we made very difficult decisions,” said Murphy while reflecting on his administration’s actions between 1994 and 2005. “We realized we could either be loved or effective. You can’t be both when you’re making difficult decisions.”
So what are some of the difficult decisions Hamilton faces during this current period of urban regeneration? Here are five based on the priorities of the Chamber’s Renew Hamilton Project:
Murphy said all cities in transition face the same challenge: “Imagining what you can be, not what you are today,” he said, adding the need to be “intentional” about the future.