Hamilton Needs LRT to Grow Out of Our Infrastructure Hole

Ryan McGreal, Published April 19, 2018
Without LRT, we are a city adrift with no Plan B to get our finances in order. Killing LRT now would send a devastating message to the world that Hamilton is a reckless and unreliable place to invest.
Special Report: Light Rail | 6 Comments

Two Jane's Rides in May: Downtown to General Hospital and Durand to Kirkendall by Alley

Kevin Love, Published April 19, 2018
On May 5 and 6, Kevin Love will be leading Jane's Rides that explore how to use Hamilton's network of alleys to travel around the city.
Special Report: Cycling | 4 Comments

Comparing Space Efficiency of an Automobile Lane and an LRT Lane

Ryan McGreal, Published April 17, 2018
A lane of LRT can carry up to several times as many people as a lane of cars.
Special Report: Light Rail | 2 Comments

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back on Hamilton LRT

Ryan McGreal, Published April 16, 2018
With the Provincial election coming in June and the municipal election following in October, we all need to pitch in to make sure LRT stays on course.
Special Report: Light Rail | 2 Comments

Cap-and-Trade is Not a Carbon Tax

Ryan McGreal, Published April 16, 2018
Doug Ford is a classic shameless right-wing populist, and his indifference to basic facts should alarm all of us.
Ontario Election 2018 | 4 Comments

Make Hamilton Streets Safer Using the Hierarchy of Controls

Kevin Love, Published April 11, 2018
Ontario's Ministry of Labour has an effective Vision Zero policy that has been very successful in eliminating deaths and injuries from Hamilton's factories. The same approach would also work on our deadly streets.
Special Report: Walkable Streets | 3 Comments

Another Day, Another Serious Collision on Aberdeen Speedway

Ryan McGreal, Published April 06, 2018
It's Groundhog Day at the intersection of two horribly dangerous urban arterials that Council has steadfastly refused to fix, year after year.
Special Report: Walkable Streets | 2 Comments

Race to the Bottom to Avoid Fear of Height

George Sweetman, Published April 05, 2018
Our Official Plan does not start with a description of allowable building heights and parking spaces, but public meetings usually end there.
Downtown Bureau

The Illusion of Middle-Class Wealth

Ben Bull, Published April 05, 2018
Middle-class stability is an illusion, and the price of this illusion is cheap labour - or worse, slave labour.
Accidental Activist

Local Commercial Spaces as Public Goods

Loren King, Published April 04, 2018
If we want urban neighbourhoods to sustain commercial spaces that are also public goods, we need to explore quiet, incremental strategies for creative local reform without relying on either provincial or federal funding or hopes for a radical revolution.
Commentary | 2 Comments

The Challenge of Greening Hamilton: Building on Past Legacies of Eco-Justice

John Bacher, Published March 29, 2018
Two very different planning process went on in Hamilton during the 1950s: nature was protected in West Hamilton while being systematically destroyed in Central and East Hamilton.
Downtown Bureau | 3 Comments

Doug Ford Said Some Crazy Things at the Budget Media Scrum

Ryan McGreal, Published March 29, 2018
The idea that this man could become Ontario's premier should frighten everyone who believes in responsible government, no matter where you sit on the political spectrum.
Ontario Election 2018 | 8 Comments

Clarifying Design Elements of Proposed Television City Development

Jason Leach, Published March 24, 2018
Much of the opposition to this project has centred around fear and uncertainty about what the plan actually proposes.
Downtown Bureau | 9 Comments

For Mental Illness, Moving From Fear to Empathy to Action

Alex Bishop, Published March 24, 2018
Simply talking about mental illness online is not enough. We need mental health investment, engagement and education so we are empowered to provide help when someone is in distress.
Commentary

Recommendations for Improving Ontario's Cycling Strategy

Kevin Love, Published March 23, 2018
The Province of Ontario is currently undertaking a five-year review of its Cycling Strategy.
Special Report: Cycling | 1 Comment

A Sanity Check for the Upcoming Ontario Election

Laura Cattari, Published March 23, 2018
Above all, please stop being ugly.
Ontario Election 2018 | 2 Comments

Ward 1: Vote for Neighbourhood Greenway on Magill-Pearl-Kent

Ryan McGreal, Published March 22, 2018
This active transportation infrastructure is gentle, integrates nicely into an existing neighbourhood, balances the needs of different modes, and provides significant improvements for walking, cycling and local quality of life without inconveniencing any
Special Report: Cycling | 15 Comments

Television City Development Part of a Successful, Growing City

Jason Leach, Published March 20, 2018
I honestly never expected that someone would propose such a fantastic urban housing project in our core in my lifetime. But I really never expected that it would be my city administration that would turn it down.
Downtown Bureau | 36 Comments

Overcoming Central Hamilton's Nature Deficit Disorder

John Bacher, Published March 20, 2018
The absence of singing birds, frog choruses, forests and wetlands in downtown Hamilton contributes to negative rage, boredom and hatred. Such hellish conditions give vent in nihilistic rock-throwing.
Downtown Bureau

Le Nuit de Glace by Hamilton Aerial Group

Mackenzie Kristjon Jenkyns, Published March 20, 2018
The costumes were significantly interesting, the beautiful and clearly technically challenging aerial work sufficiently entertaining, and the music well-executed that any confusion in the abstractions of the storyline didn't matter.
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