GALT, ONTARIO – While there is considerable resistance in the community to change, the transformation of the Southworks industrial property heritage area into the Gaslight District will bring jobs, newcomers and the potential for big bucks to this part of Cambridge.
While some condominium development owners are taking a more frank approach against NIMBYism when it comes to needed densification, the smart money is on educating and winning over those opposed to the development as to the benefits the community will reap.
Simply put, this part of Ontario needs the G word. Gentrification. And while it’s not really local blight and urban decay to be gentrified, it’s a part of town that rarely sees any foot traffic. In a new world built on respect-for-transit and its’ role in shaping our community, local homeowners will eventually come on board when they find out their housing values have increased several-fold and the city is far better off for welcoming an influx of new residents.
If the planned Light Rapid Transit link to Kitchener-Waterloo ever sees the light of day in these parts, you can bet the community will change much more dramatically over the next few years.
As people become accustomed to new construction – residential and commercial – we can only hope those speaking out of concern for their community now will continue to be as engaged in the future. Heritage and opportunity voices need to be listened to in creating a welcome balance that will shape our collective future.
PHOTO: Riverfront Galt heritage vista with condominium playing support role.