Articles from July, 2013

Draft Complete Streets Policy Adds to Momentum in Hamilton
Complete Streets policy is becoming understood by more and more organizations, businesses and residents across Hamilton as a key to improving health, quality of life and economic opportunities.
by Sara Mayo
Published July 31, 2013 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (20 comments)

Link Between Sprawl and Inequality
With dense, mixed land use, workers have a bigger pool of jobs within a reasonable commuting distance, and employers have a larger pool of potential employees.
by Ryan McGreal
Published July 30, 2013 in Special Report: Creative City (7 comments)

Searching for Public Recycling Bins in Hamilton
Resource management, despite complexities, is significantly improved by strategically providing public recycling bins on busy streets and intersections.
by Andrew Cech and Jonathan Lambert
Published July 30, 2013 in Commentary (9 comments)

Trading Real Value for a Pipe Dream
Thanks to decades of block-busting demolitions, downtown Hamilton is already oversupplied with vacant, paved and gravel-filled lots. We don't need any more.
by Ryan McGreal
Published July 29, 2013 in Special Report: Heritage (14 comments)

Transformative Change in Hamilton: Just Add Leadership
This Council's legacy could be to be remembered forever as the council that finally busted the 1950s status quo in our city.
by Jason Leach
Published July 29, 2013 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (2 comments)

Hamilton Continues to Destroy its Heritage and Kill its Downtown
Hamilton has so much promise, so much going for it, and never misses an opportunity to screw it up.
by Lloyd Alter
Published July 28, 2013 in Special Report: Heritage (15 comments)

Transforming Industrial Parks into Civic Treasures
The ideas for Hamilton's reinvention are endless, and many cities have led the way for us.
by Jason Leach
Published July 24, 2013 in Special Report: Creative City (22 comments)

Enough is Enough: Designate the Gore Now
When heritage is destroyed, its value to the community is destroyed as well, and so the community has a legitimate interest in its preservation.
by Ryan McGreal
Published July 24, 2013 in Special Report: Heritage (8 comments)

New Building at James and Vine is Going Ahead
A new three-storey retail/commercial building at 123 James Street North will have an urban built form that complements the James North streetwall.
by Ryan McGreal
Published July 23, 2013 in Downtown Bureau (31 comments)

Gore Demolition Forestalled, Province Reluctant to Intervene
Heritage advocates argue that the latest crisis for the Gore buildings highlights the need to designate them under the Ontario Heritage Act.
by Ryan McGreal
Published July 22, 2013 in Special Report: Heritage (22 comments)

Update From Councillor Farr on Gore Demolition
Councillor Jason Farr explains the "confusion" over Friday's initiated demolition on 18-28 King Street East.
by RTH Staff
Published July 22, 2013 in Special Report: Heritage (3 comments)

Photos From the Big Storm
A collection of photos from the storm and the aftermath on Saturday morning.
by Ryan McGreal
Published July 21, 2013 in Photo Essay (5 comments)

Wilson-Blanchard Starts Gore Demolition Despite Promise to Wait - Updated
It is past time for Council to stop this demolition and start exercising its legitimate civic powers before yet another property speculator destroys yet another irreplaceable part of the City's built fabric.
by Ryan McGreal
Published July 19, 2013 in Special Report: Heritage (22 comments)

Complete Streets Need Improved Transit
Or, How the HSR made me a car commuter.
by Frances Murray
Published July 19, 2013 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (7 comments)

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back on Pedestrian Safety in Hamilton
After years of neglect, there have been encouraging signs in the past couple of months that the City's attitude toward pedestrian safety is starting to change. It needs to change faster.
by Ryan McGreal
Published July 17, 2013 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (12 comments)

Revitalizing Elmwood Village in Buffalo Continues to Lead the Way
Hamilton Council continues to shun investment along King, Main and Cannon Streets, and then complain that they don't contribute enough to the tax base.
by Jason Leach
Published July 17, 2013 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (11 comments)

Congestion $1.5-5 Billion Higher Than Estimated: Study
According to a new C.D. Howe study, the government's GTHA congestion cost estimate does not include the opportunity cost of missed chances to match skills with jobs, share knowledge and conduct mutually beneficial exchanges.
by Ryan McGreal
Published July 12, 2013 in Special Report: Light Rail (14 comments)

Repaint King Street With Protected Bike Lanes
White paint is as low-cost a bike-friendly street as you'll ever find, and we can do it right now on King Street.
by Jason Leach
Published July 11, 2013 in Special Report: Cycling (27 comments)

Stay of Execution for Gore Buildings
Blanchard has the opportunity to incorporate the streetwall and lend the new development an instant, tangible connection to the community history. It will have more support, more buy-in, and ultimately, more economic success.
by Ryan McGreal
Published July 10, 2013 in Special Report: Heritage (40 comments)

Hamilton's James Street North: A Hidden Gem
James Street North is a Jane Jacobs urban village with a diversity of buildings, activities and people and its mixture of local pubs, clubs, cafes, bistros and shops.
by Richard White
Published July 09, 2013 in Photo Essay (27 comments)

Proposal: Three-Way Partnership to Save Gore Facades
Wilson-Blanchard, the City of Hamilton and the citizens of Hamilton could enter a three-way partnership to finance the preservation of the King Street East facades that are threatened by demolition.
by Graham Crawford
Published July 08, 2013 in Special Report: Heritage (46 comments)

Stop Trading Our City's Future for Napkin Sketches
We can't afford a vacant lot at our most important corner, on our civic square. This affects every Hamiltonian.
by Sean Burak
Published July 08, 2013 in Special Report: Heritage (20 comments)

Downtown Property and Business Owners on Gore Demolitions
We will come to regret deeply the narrow short-sightedness that led a developer to decide the buildings aren't worth saving and that led a Council to decide they aren't worth protecting.
by Ryan McGreal
Published July 08, 2013 in Special Report: Heritage (12 comments)

Does the Downtown Hamilton Secondary Plan Matter?
Allowing such a gross departure from the Plan as the Gore streetwall demolition will discourage investors (and others) from trusting Hamilton to abide by its own planning directions, in terms of both downtown redevelopment and other initiatives.
by Sean Burak
Published July 06, 2013 in Special Report: Heritage (20 comments)

Longwood Recommended Alternative Undermines Innovation Park
By sacrificing an optimal pedestrian environment in favour of maintaining five lanes of automobile traffic, the Recommended Alternative will undermine the success of the Innovation Park economic growth district.
by Ryan McGreal
Published July 05, 2013 in Special Report: Creative City (26 comments)

First Look at New Nations Fresh Foods
All in all, the new Nations Fresh looks very, well, fresh: clean, modern, spacious and stylish. It also successfully avoids looking cheap or cut-rate.
by Ryan McGreal
Published July 04, 2013 in Photo Essay (39 comments)

No Need to Lose Curbside Parking for Hunter Street Bike Lanes
Hamilton has gobs of excess lane capacity on its lower city streets. There is no reason we can't repurpose it to build out our bike network.
by Jason Leach
Published July 03, 2013 in Special Report: Cycling (37 comments)

Buffalo Can Teach Us About Thriving Urban Neighbourhoods
Buffalo's Elmwood district is demonstrating that success can be developed in any urban area when the goal is to create vibrant business districts and residential neighbourhoods instead of merely treating these neighbourhoods as dead freeways.
by Jason Leach
Published July 02, 2013 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (20 comments)

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