Standing room only at Hamilton City Hall for the latest LRT debate.
More than two dozen members of the public have spoken “for” or “against” the project, while another 1,016 penned letters of opinion.
Milena Balta, who operates a business on King Street, represents the “no” side.
She suggests many won’t survive the construction phase as King Streets “lays in ruins”.
She also complains that the system will be subsidized by the fast growing suburbs “who don’t get the service”.
A spokesman for the Staircase Cafe Theatre agrees that construction will be a challenge, but believes the focus should be on “how to protect businesses during the LRT” and “getting people through this bump”, not on trying to stop development of our “transit backbone”.
Raise The Hammer’s Ryan McGreal, a staunch LRT supporter, adds that councillors can choose to either “stoke fear” or “navigate challenges and bring people together through a common vision”.
Anticipating a long meeting, councillors took a rare step by approving “non-enforcement of city hall parking” during Tuesday’s meeting.