Let's imagine the Hamilton CMA at 1.5 million. I see no sense just going for the cool mill
- Downtown Hamilton has become more of a downtown, with a bunch of new office and condo towers above 100m in height, several between 125 and 150, and 2 or 3 around/above 200m. 100,000 people work in the area (way up from 25k today). Few empty parking lots remain. It's a destination for shopping again, and more of one for entertainment and restaurants.
- The lower city has been re-invigorated, particularly east of downtown along the King/Main corridor, but also Barton St. and former industrial land north of it which are now home to high-density mixed uses.
- CN has finally moved the rail yard out of the west harbour, which has become a residential and commercial area (yet aside from a few towers remains free of the dreaded wall of tall condos
- The industrial lands on the harbour that were formerly steel mills are now home to a container port and dense with other buildings housing various industries (yet ArcelorMittal Dofasco is still making steel here, though operating much cleaner than it does today)
- The airport has boomed, in terms of passenger traffic as well as freight. A new passenger terminal has been built on the west side of the airfield, with bridged gates and all the bells and whistles a modern airport demands.
- LRT is running east-west and north-south, with a plan to add another LRT line along Barton St. BRT operates as currently planned on suburban arterials. The bus network has been better organized into a proper grid system with express and feeder routes oriented around the LRT/BRT lines.
- GO Transit runs a web of suburb feeder buses into both downtown Hamilton train stations, which are served by electrified rail lines to Toronto. Transit connections to KW, Brantford, and St. Catharines-Niagara are much improved.
- In the upper city there's a high-density strip of development along Upper James St. all the way to Rymal Rd., and another running east-west along Mohawk Rd.
- Dundas and Ancaster are largely unchanged, though they've grown through appropriately designed infill
- Waterdown has sprawled more but also intensified; there are industrial/commercial parks along Highway 6 which is now a proper highway connection to Guelph and KW.
- In Stoney Creek, Centennial Parkway has sprouted towers and intensified with both employment and residential uses.
- Burlington has maintained its quaint downtown but increased the number of people living there, while intensifying east and west along Plains Rd and Fairview St., as well as along Dundas St.
Dare to dream