Articles from October, 2013

The Homey Appeal of Ottawa Street
With distinctive stores, active independent owner-operators and wide appeal, Ottawa Street continues to evolve and thrive.
by Paul Weinberg
Published October 31, 2013 in Feature (11 comments)

Conference Board Study: Drivers Do Not Pay Full Cost of Ontario Roads
Despite taking a convoluted view of the social cost of collisions and injuries, this study confirms the analysis that the total revenue from drivers does not pay the full cost of Ontario's road system.
by Nicholas Kevlahan
Published October 30, 2013 in Commentary (17 comments)

Interview with James Street Baptist Church Owner
Louie Santaguida, President of Stanton Renaissance, answers questions about the plan to demolish most of James Street Baptist Church and incorporate the east facade and tower into a new structure.
by Ryan McGreal
Published October 28, 2013 in Special Report: Heritage (7 comments)

Observations from the First Few Days of our Transit Lane
That single bus lane carries more people every day than all the other lanes of King Street - combined.
by Jason Leach
Published October 26, 2013 in Special Report: Bus Lane (90 comments)

School Board Mistakes Assets for Liabilities
With any sort of serious effort to add additional revenue streams, the Board could very easily augment fluctuating enrollment and excess capacity by leasing and renting out access to its assets.
by John-Paul Danko
Published October 25, 2013 in Special Report: Education (41 comments)

Bratina Takes Yet Another Potshot at City's LRT Plan
The Mayor never misses an opportunity to undermine and discredit the City's official light rail transit plan, which Council approved unanimously and the Province has promised to fund.
by Ryan McGreal
Published October 24, 2013 in Special Report: Light Rail (59 comments)

Pedestrian Crossing Coming to Main and Pearl
Traffic lights have been installed and await inspection for a new signalized pedestrian crosswalk on Main Street at Pearl Street.
by Ryan McGreal
Published October 23, 2013 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (3 comments)

Change Doesn't Happen Overnight
The car culture which so many of us are railing against happened gradually, incrementally, over many years, thanks to many big and small decisions, piece by piece. Changing it will take time.
by Matthew Sweet
Published October 23, 2013 in Special Report: Cycling (77 comments)

Urban Renewal in Hamilton: Short-Term Fixes and Long-Term Plans
'It may be easier to tear things - and people - down than to build them up, but it's not going to improve the cityscape.'
by Saira Peesker
Published October 23, 2013 in Downtown Bureau (2 comments)

Accidental Gentrification
We need to be attentive that we do not overwrite or undermine each other's stories as we try to write our own.
by Adrienne Havercroft
Published October 23, 2013 in Commentary (12 comments)

Climate Change Action Month: Get Involved!
Climate Change Action Month is an opportunity to learn about some of the small but important steps that individuals and organizations can take to address the complex challenge that is climate change.
by Dave Heidebrecht
Published October 23, 2013 in Special Report: Climate Change (0 comments)

We Need Better than Half-Measures for our Cycling Network
As a relative new comer to this city, I can only conclude that Hamilton's commitment to alternative transportation is mostly hollow.
by Sean Hurley
Published October 22, 2013 in Special Report: Cycling (16 comments)

A Natural Oasis in the Heart of Hamilton
The EcoPark System is one of the largest coordinated urban park systems in Canada and deserves more public awareness.
by Steven Watts
Published October 22, 2013 in Special Report: Dundas EcoPark (8 comments)

City Tells Cyclists to Get Lost
In 2013, it is not acceptable to redesign a street to exclude cyclists, especially as there are no practical alternatives.
by Nicholas Kevlahan
Published October 21, 2013 in Special Report: Cycling (49 comments)

Still Not Clear Whether James Baptist Structural Problems are Solvable
All old buildings have problems, so the only real question before the Heritage Permits Sub-Committee is whether the James Street Baptist Church is beyond salvation.
by Chris Erskine
Published October 21, 2013 in Special Report: Heritage (2 comments)

Hi-Rise Group Announces Details for Lister Tower
The four-storey William Thomas building, built in 1855 and taken down in 2010, will be reassembled, with 16 storeys of condos added on top.
by Saira Peesker
Published October 18, 2013 in Downtown Bureau (15 comments)

Serious Concerns About School Accommodation Review Process
When parents feel like their concerns have not been listened to or addressed, they will disengage. This will only lead to a negative result in our schools.
by Amanda Kleinhuis
Published October 17, 2013 in Special Report: Education (15 comments)

Interview with Al Mithani of Walkbug
Al Mithani explains how the app originated, how it works, and what the development team has planned for its future.
by Kevin Browne
Published October 17, 2013 in Interviews (0 comments)

Kirkendall Establishes Development Review Committee
Kirkendall has established a Development Review Committee to keep current on city planning policy, inform residents of developments proposed or underway and address concerns about such development plans.
by Mary Lou Reiman
Published October 16, 2013 in Commentary (1 comment)

Make Hunter Street Bike Lanes Continuous and Protected Right Now
A bike route is only as safe as its most dangerous section, and we have a great opportunity here to make a safe, protected east-west route that could serve a lot of people.
by Jason Leach
Published October 16, 2013 in Special Report: Cycling (33 comments)

Ward 1 Residents to Vote on Participatory Budget
Hamilton's Ward 1 residents have an opportunity to choose among 80 projects up for voting in the ward's $1.5 million participatory budget.
by Saira Peesker
Published October 11, 2013 in Participatory Budget (24 comments)

Heritage Committee Tables James Baptist Demolition Request Again
Committee members were not prepared to take a leap of faith and trust that they will do the right thing in the absence of any legally-binding commitment to do so, or even a plan for what that might look like.
by Ryan McGreal
Published October 10, 2013 in Special Report: Heritage (35 comments)

Decision Day: Where Does the James Street Baptist Church Demolition Permit Stand?
Today, the Municipal Heritage Permit Review Subcommittee will meet to decide the fate of the 130-year-old James Street Baptist Church.
by Joey Coleman
Published October 09, 2013 in Special Report: Heritage (4 comments)

HWDSB Recommends Closing Three Mountain Elementary Schools by End of Year
A bus ride turns a five-year-old Kindergarten student into a commuter. This is a student who would have otherwise walked to their local community elementary school.
by John-Paul Danko
Published October 08, 2013 in Special Report: Education (41 comments)

Time to Abandon a Failed Theory of City Building
After decades of applying the theory that economic development in downtown Hamilton depends on making it easy to drive, the verdict is in.
by Ryan McGreal
Published October 08, 2013 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (4 comments)

Transportation Plan Must Be Inclusive: Whitehead
Councillor Whitehead argues that changes to lower city streets to make them more community-friendly must balance the ability of other city residents to access the downtown.
by Terry Whitehead
Published October 08, 2013 in Opinion (79 comments)

Hamilton's Bike Parking Gaps: An Opportunity for Change
Hamilton is ripe for an expansion of our current infrastructure, and several examples already in place could serve as a launching point for future implementation.
by Dave Heidebrecht
Published October 03, 2013 in Special Report: Cycling (27 comments)

No Excuse Not to Understand How Cities Work
The lower city and particularly the downtown core do belong to everyone, and that means everyone has a legitimate interest to ensure that it flourishes and thrives.
by Ryan McGreal
Published October 02, 2013 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (28 comments)

Christopher Hume and Guests on Transit in Hamilton
The most important factor in running an efficient transit system is population density - and the population density below the escarpment is enough to make transit work.
by Nicholas Kevlahan
Published October 02, 2013 in Events (12 comments)

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