When are we going to take off the rose coloured glasses and admit that we have a major problem with Hess Village ?
I raised this issue after the last fatal stabbing at Hess some months ago and a few self appointed downtown boosters slagged me for giving the downtown a bad reputation.
Those people clearly need to get out more often.
I’m not giving Hess Village a bad rap, the stabbings, the assaults and the drug deals are giving Hess the bad rap !
Another stabbing this past weekend and a sexual assault; that’s not the kind of stuff you want to put in a tourism brochure.
Recent police stats confirm what we already knew, that there’s a spike in crime in and around Hess.
You’d think that local business owners would be demanding that Hess Village become a safer place and maybe they are, quietly , but it seems that the only complaint we hear about from those owners is the high cost of policing.
The changes that have occurred in downtown Hamilton have been transformational; new condo developments, new hotels and new business but for that to continue, we can’t have a trouble spot like Hess has become.
Hess used to be a great people place and an asset to Hamilton’s downtown.
It can be again, but it won’t get fixed until we admit we have a problem .