The premise: There's a part of a city that you don't know well, but you find appealing. You'd like people more knowledgeable about the area to help you form an opinion about it.
My question is for Hamilton between Wentworth and Gage, south of King to the escarpment.
Is this area "up and coming"? My wife and I are sorely tempted by the very reasonable prices for the graciously large houses on streets like St. Clair, but Main Street is a bleak highway and King Street is still very dodgy along that stretch. It's not really a village-like atmosphere, which is something we were accustomed to west of James downtown, and which we now have living in Stratford.
Being able to walk two blocks or so to charming cafes in a dense commercial district is really important to us. This part of Hamilton doesn't seem to have that. Or are things changing?
By the way, I don't mean to limit this thread to Hamilton. I think it would be interesting to learn about neighbourhoods in other cities, too.