The Hamilton City Council has spent millions of dollars tarting up Hood St and the southern end of Victoria St.
We see today a report that a group of people want to convert the old BNZ building - commonly known as The Bank, on the corner of Victoria and Hood streets - into a strip joint.
The fact that this group sees the result of the city council's efforts and the ratepayers' hard-earned money as best suited to be the location for a strip joint is a good indication of the standard of the city council's planning ability.
This end of town has slowly but surely turned into a seedy red-light district.
There seems little doubt that the millions of dollars spent on Hood and Victoria streets have been pretty much a total waste, which will become more evident as the area becomes the centre for prostitution, drugs, excess alcohol consumption and, ultimately, more crime.
- Waikato Times