||New residential and commercial single use suburban sprawl is a product of what consumers desire. In general, people no longer see raising a family with two children in an apartment as a preferred option. Whether this shift was created by developers is a topic for debate perhaps, but the fact is people want detached housing. Not everyone can afford it, land is becoming less available (especially in the core) and that is driving up pricing. I think Hamilton has historically not done enough to preserve historical features of its core, to our own detriment. Downtown has become a mishmash of old and new, but unfortunately not always in the most charming of ways. I believe Hamiltons new development strategy has been sound over the years, but believe the policy surrounding maintenance and upgrading of existing buildings needs work.