Articles from December, 2012

A Call to Action to Save the Gore Park Streetwall
Call on the Province to stop the demolition of 18-28 King Street East and designate these buildings as heritage properties that help define Gore Park as the city's geographic and civic heart.
by Kieran C. Dickson
Published December 29, 2012 in Special Report: Heritage (121 comments)

Ontario Government Restores Some Funding for Homelessness Prevention
It will be critical in the months to come to continue to impress upon the provincial government and those vying to become Premier that cutting critical social programs will result in huge costs to individuals and society.
by Tom Cooper
Published December 28, 2012 in Commentary (10 comments)

Reasons to Designate 18-28 King East as Heritage Buildings
The buildings were constructed between 1840 and 1876 are regarded as 'integral components to the King Street East streetscape and the character of the Gore area'.
by Ryan McGreal
Published December 28, 2012 in Special Report: Heritage (34 comments)

Ken Greenberg on Casinos
Urban planner Ken Greenberg calls casinos 'the perennial attraction of quick fixes' that do more harm than good by squeezing out the kinds of urban innovations that create value.
by Ryan McGreal
Published December 27, 2012 in Special Report: Casino (14 comments)

Why Doesn't the Heritage Committee Designate More Buildings?
The Heritage Committee knows that without Council support, they are wasting their time trying to save heritage buildings from demolition.
by Ryan McGreal
Published December 21, 2012 in Special Report: Heritage (63 comments)

Surprise Demolition Permit for Gore Park Buildings
There is no way to stop the demolition permit for 18-28 King Street East unless Council convenes an emergency meeting before January 9 to designate the buildings.
by Ryan McGreal
Published December 20, 2012 in Special Report: Heritage (152 comments)

Hamilton Arts Council Opposes a Downtown Casino
A casino is engineered as a self-contained experience that shuts down congress with the community outside its doors and draws a disproportionate share of its revenues from the most vulnerable among us.
by Stephanie Vegh
Published December 19, 2012 in Special Report: Casino (30 comments)

Data Show Traffic Volume Argument For One-Way Streets Is False
The data show once and for all that the massive one-way network that was built to accommodate the crush of north-east industrial sector workers is simply not needed anymore.
by Jason Leach
Published December 17, 2012 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (67 comments)

Opportunity to Save Sanford School and Provide Community Green Space
I am struggling to understand the urgency to demolish this beautiful structure. I would encourage the Board to reconsider the urgency - let me and a team of developers expend some effort to preserve this heritage building.
by Michael P. Clarke
Published December 16, 2012 in Special Report: Education (32 comments)

We Need to Ask the Right Economic Questions About a Downtown Casino
What effect will a casino have on private development, residential property values and existing businesses? What will it do to future business prospects?
by Sean Burak
Published December 13, 2012 in Special Report: Casino (71 comments)

Livestream of Gaming Facility Proposal Subcommittee Meeting
Today's casino subcommittee meeting considered the public health report on the health and social impacts of a casino.
by RTH Staff
Published December 13, 2012 in Special Report: Casino (12 comments)

In Chicken Vote, Anti-Urban Bias Trumped Evidence-Based Policy
Ultimately, the matter of urban chickens is not a big deal in itself, but it does reflect poorly on Council's willingness to engage in evidence-based governance or support progressive urban revitalization.
by Ryan McGreal
Published December 13, 2012 in Special Report (66 comments)

Whitehead: Downtown Commercial Area is Not a Neighbourhood
Councillor Whitehead says that the downtown core exists to provide the service and entertainment needs of the rest of the city, and all Hamiltonians should have a say in what happens to it.
by Ryan McGreal
Published December 11, 2012 in Special Report: Casino (56 comments)

Slow Down You Move Too Fast
Observations on the December 3 Board of Health meeting and how the casino report was handled.
by Graham Crawford
Published December 10, 2012 in Special Report: Casino (26 comments)

Another Sacrifice Zone: The Sanford School Area
As we grapple with a 20 percent poverty rate in Hamilton, and wonder why it is so concentrated in certain neighbourhoods, we have to question the way our School Boards and our Government operate.
by Dave Serafini
Published December 08, 2012 in Special Report: Education (39 comments)

Tell Council to Support Backyard Hen Pilot Project
Council can still reverse the recent planning committee decision to reject a pilot project for wards 1 and 2 to allow the ownership of a small number of backyard hens.
by Ryan McGreal
Published December 06, 2012 in Feature (69 comments)

Sound the Alarm: Council Set to Engage on Complete Streets
As a dialogue on two-way conversions grows alongside similar dialogues on downtown renewal, economic prosperity, and municipal and regional transportation, the more citizens that truly engage in these issues, the better.
by Dave Heidebrecht
Published December 06, 2012 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (5 comments)

Moments of Zen: Saving Sanford School Becomes Theatre of the Absurd
This meeting was not about thinking things through. It was about stirring up emotions and hurling accusations to divide a community and protect a blinkered bureaucracy.
by Chris Healey
Published December 05, 2012 in Special Report: Education (38 comments)

Toronto Chief Health Officer Discusses Problem Gambling on The Agenda
Yesterday's edition of The Agenda with Steve Paikin interviews Dr. David McKeown on the recent public health report recommending against putting a new casino in Toronto.
by Ryan McGreal
Published December 05, 2012 in Special Report: Casino (3 comments)

Getting Across: Fennell Avenue East to the Late Mountain Plaza Mall
After watching senior citizens play Frogger to cross Fennell between a senior's residence and Mountain Plaza mall, a local resident is asking for a pedestrian crosswalk.
by Joshua Weresch
Published December 05, 2012 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (27 comments)

More Case Studies in Dysfunctional Governance
A common theme of reflexive fear, heavy-handed bureaucracy and lack of vision runs through several of today's civic governance stories.
by Ryan McGreal
Published December 05, 2012 in Editorial (17 comments)

Pipeline Politics and Canada's Petro-State Reality
Without a public conversation, resource wealth will continue to go into the pockets of foreign companies, leaving a major environmental and economic quagmire to future generations of Canadians.
by Dave Heidebrecht
Published December 04, 2012 in Feature (6 comments)

Stinson Discusses Hamilton Grand
Condo developer Harry Stinson provides details on the plan, sharing his frustration with the process thus far and his optimism that the project will come to completion.
by Ryan McGreal
Published December 03, 2012 in Interviews (21 comments)

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