Articles from January, 2011

A Little Clarification on the Hamilton Future Fund
If you pay a Horizon Utilities bill for hydro use in Hamilton, you are paying for the $137 million Hamilton Future Fund.
by Connie Stefanson
Published January 31, 2011 in Special Report: Pan Am (22 comments)

Stadium Deal is Pyrrhic Victory
I'm glad this affair is finally over; but I lament the lost opportunity to parlay a sports stadium into something much more ambitious.
by Ryan McGreal
Published January 31, 2011 in Special Report: Pan Am (112 comments)

Erasure 1953-2011: A Journey To Extinction
I've been haunted by the idea of walking though urban streets, looking for a perfect eraser. I will not live forever. Carpe diem.
by Mark Fenton
Published January 30, 2011 in Photo Essay (10 comments)

Raise the Hammer Response to Mayor's Accusation
Mayor Bratina has accused RTH of publishing "false and defamatory material" against him and his staff. This is my response as editor, after careful investigation of the story behind the accusation.
by Ryan McGreal
Published January 28, 2011 in Editorial (269 comments)

Stadia and Social Structures
Throughout history, stadia have entertained and distracted the public from the plundering of the public purse by ambitious empire builders.
by Michael Borrelli
Published January 27, 2011 in Special Report: Pan Am (31 comments)

Downtown Update: Quick Hits
Downtown continues to thrive and develop with new investments and increased amenities. Here are a few quick hits just opening up.
by Jason Leach
Published January 26, 2011 in Downtown Bureau (47 comments)

Editorial Cartoon: Come on Seven!
A cartoon inspired by Mayor Bratina's comment regarding taking a gamble on the Ivor Wynne stadium funding.
by David Brace
Published January 25, 2011 in Comic (49 comments)

Councillors to Province: Please Solve Our Problems
Last week, Ivor Wynne was offered up and accepted because it was cheaper, not because it was better. Now it's not even cheaper, so why is Council even considering it?
by Graham Crawford
Published January 25, 2011 in Special Report: Pan Am (104 comments)

Leaving Things to the Last Minute
Rushed planning, confused priorities conspire to mire stadium process in confusion and uncertainty.
by Ryan McGreal
Published January 25, 2011 in Special Report: Pan Am (16 comments)

More Questions Than Answers After Ivor Wynne Stadium Meeting
Even Councillors seem unsure just exactly what they agreed to at today's committee meeting, when they approved a proposal to make an Ivor Wynne renovation Hamilton's bid for a Pan Am stadium.
by Ryan McGreal
Published January 24, 2011 in Special Report: Pan Am (54 comments)

Quick-And-Dirty Notes From Today's Committee Meeting
Bullet points on the presentations, questions and comments at today's council meeting concerning a proposal to renovate Ivor Wynne Stadum for use as a Pan Am Games and Hamilton Tiger-Cats stadium.
by Mark Richardson
Published January 24, 2011 in Special Report: Pan Am (16 comments)

City Staff Report on Ivor Wynne Stadium Renovation
The estimated cost of the Ivor Wynne renovation is $156.5 million - $174.5 million. With $115 million on the table, the plan is short $36.5 million - $54.5 million.
by RTH Staff
Published January 23, 2011 in Special Report: Pan Am (244 comments)

ROI: Not just the French Word for King
At the end of the day, the implications of not investing in the West Harbour will be significant in the long term.
by Graham Crawford
Published January 22, 2011 in Special Report: Pan Am (38 comments)

West Harbour: The Three R's
Revisit, Remediate and Reuse are the real keys to the re-birth of the West Harbour. This article will focus on Remediation while discussing the other two R's.
by Mark Richardson
Published January 22, 2011 in Special Report (19 comments)

Social Inclusion and Hamilton's 2015 Pan Am Games
The City can significantly improve inclusion for residents around Ivor Wynne Stadium by focusing on urban renewal and access to green space and recreational facilities in its renovation.
by Sarah V. Wayland
Published January 21, 2011 in Special Report: Pan Am (43 comments)

Public Photography in the Public Library
The Hamilton Public Library should embrace the opportunity to benefit from community sharing and promotion, instead of wasting resources in a futile attempt to stop it.
by Wayne MacPhail
Published January 20, 2011 in Opinion (21 comments)

City Tops $1 Billion in Building Activity for 2010
More than half of all building permit activity in 2010 was residential, and residential building was responsible for most of the growth in total activity over 2009.
by RTH Staff
Published January 19, 2011 in Special Report (23 comments)

The Means or the Ends?
The reasons to pursue more sustainable living go beyond our collective responsibility. Living sustainably brings about a sense of connectedness through experience; a rare find in the modern world.
by Kevin Wiens
Published January 17, 2011 in Opinion (32 comments)

Pan Am Opportunity: A 22,000 West Harbour Stadium
If, according to Bob Young, cost and not location is the primary issue left concerning the Pan Am Games stadium, a strong case can be made for a 22,000 seat stadium at West Harbour.
by Paul Shaker
Published January 17, 2011 in Special Report: Pan Am (231 comments)

Stadium Poll Results
Results of the telephone survey asking Hamiltonians about a Confederation Park stadium and a scalable 6,000 seat stadium.
by RTH Staff
Published January 14, 2011 in Special Report: Pan Am (95 comments)

Whither the Jitney
As we head toward a future of limited public funding, it makes sense to get creative in looking for ways to meet our city's transit needs.
by Jason Allen
Published January 14, 2011 in Hardy to Zone 6 (30 comments)

Council votes to Study Ivor Wynne
Councillors voted to ask staff to prepare a detailed report on an Ivor Wynne Stadium rebuild, as well as to prepare a "Plan B" report on a scalable West Harbour stadium.
by Jeff Reid
Published January 13, 2011 in Special Report: Pan Am (191 comments)

Troop, Councillors Respond to IWS Proposal
Troop is still waiting to see formal proposal, while several Councillors remain concerned about funding details and other lost opportunities.
by RTH Staff
Published January 11, 2011 in Special Report: Pan Am (147 comments)

Young, Bratina Propose Refurbished Ivor Wynne Stadium
Hamilton Mayor Bob Bratina and Hamilton Tiger-Cats owner Bob Young announced an agreement to build a 25,000 seat Pan Am / Ticats stadium on the site of the current Ivor Wynne Stadium.
by RTH Staff
Published January 11, 2011 in Special Report: Pan Am (144 comments)

Stadiums, Nodes and Growth
The synergies at Ivor Wynne far outweigh what synergies have been constructed as justification for a community-sized stadium at the West Harbour.
by Mark Richardson
Published January 10, 2011 in Special Report: Pan Am (55 comments)

Troop Clarifies Toronto 2015 Position on Pan Am Stadium
Ian Troop reminds Hamilton that the Pan Am Games are to support high performance sport, not provide a Ticat stadium, and warns Burlington to look very closely at the claim an Aldershot stadium won't cost the City any money.
by Ryan McGreal
Published January 07, 2011 in Special Report: Pan Am (198 comments)

Troop: No Deadline Extension Under Any Circumstances
After all the incredible twists and turns this story has taken over the past year, for Hamilton it comes down to West Harbour or nowhere.
by Ryan McGreal
Published January 06, 2011 in Special Report: Pan Am (109 comments)

Despite Burlington Play, Hamilton at 2nd and Goal
The Aldershot financing plan depends on $70 million in Pan Am Games funding from Toronto 2015, but the City of Hamilton still has the first shot at securing that money by February 1.
by Ryan McGreal
Published January 06, 2011 in Special Report: Pan Am (139 comments)

Ten Favourite Hamilton Moments of 2010
As Hamilton slowly but steadily comes back to life, here's a quick look at Jason's ten best news stories of the past year.
by Jason Leach
Published January 05, 2011 in Downtown Bureau (34 comments)

Constructing Hamilton's First Skyscraper: The Pigott Construction Company Building
Construction firms are rarely the focus of architectural study, but in the case of the Pigott Building, there is merit to thinking about the role of technicians in the finished product.
by Barry Magrill, Ph.D.
Published January 04, 2011 in Architecture (22 comments)

Troop: 6000 Seat Pan Am Stadium is Viable, Feb 1 Deadline is Final
Toronto 2015 CEO Ian Troop confirmed that a 5,500-6,500 seat stadium for community use will meet the Pan Am criteria, and further that there is no time to extend deadlines. On February 1, if Hamilton does not have a plan, the stadium will go elsewhere.
by Ryan McGreal
Published January 03, 2011 in Special Report: Pan Am (125 comments)

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