Ci­tyAge con­fer­ence looks at Hamil­ton’s res­i­den­tial ap­peal

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL -

Big cities tend to be snarled in grid­lock with un­af­ford­able hous­ing costs, leav­ing a great op­por­tu­nity for medium-sized com­mu­ni­ties such as Hamil­ton to lever­age their liv­abil­ity fac­tors.

That’s one of the main themes of a Ci­tyAge con­fer­ence com­ing to Hamil­ton Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day this week.

The main part of the event will take place at The Cot­ton Fac­tory, 270 Sher­man Ave. N.

Hamil­ton will be Ci­tyAge’s 36th con­fer­ence, said Miro Cer­netig, coowner of the com­pany.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion op­er­ates out of Vancouver and has hosted events around North Amer­ica and in Lon­don and Hong Kong.

“The rea­son we are do­ing Hamil­ton is that we have found over the past five years, that mid-sized cities, es­pe­cially ones that have had a long past and in­dus­tries such as steel, are in the process of rein­vent­ing them­selves and Hamil­ton is cer­tainly do­ing that,” he said.

“We are find­ing that be­cause of real es­tate prices, the cost of liv­ing and the com­mute times that large cities are be­com­ing less at­trac­tive to a lot of young peo­ple and they are now com­ing to re­al­ize that medium-sized cities are of­ten much more liv­able and of­fer many of the same ben­e­fits as large cities do.”

For more in­for­ma­tion go to ci­tyage.org.

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