Articles from May, 2014

Gore Park Promenading on a Lovely Friday
At some point, even the most die-hard squelchers have to admit that the downtown they love to hate is not the place they think it was.
by Ryan McGreal
Published May 30, 2014 in Downtown Bureau (14 comments)

Balsa Wood Heart: Where Does The Hermitage Go From Here?
A Heritage Committee member suggested a public contest where people could offer suggestions as to how the Hermitage should look. Here's a suggestion: the way it looks now.
by R. William Patry
Published May 30, 2014 in Special Report: Heritage (10 comments)

Time to Get Serious About Restoring our Urban Neighbourhoods
The benefits to all residents in renewed property values and increased tax assessment make it a worthwhile investment. A struggling core is a drain to all Hamiltonians.
by Jason Leach
Published May 29, 2014 in Downtown Bureau (78 comments)

Lake-to-Lake Overnight Bicycle Trip
Participate in this exciting fundraiser to support Environment Hamilton's research and advocacy work.
by Don McLean
Published May 29, 2014 in Events (2 comments)

Two-Way Bike Lanes Coming to Hunter Street
This Monday, staff will begin installing two-way bike lanes on Hunter Street between Liberty and Catharine, and between MacNab and Queen.
by Ryan McGreal
Published May 28, 2014 in Special Report: Cycling (25 comments)

Interview with AbdulRahman Khodr of MacGDA
McMaster Game Developer Association is running a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for workstations, which would allow them to do video game related outreach activities for East Hamilton youth.
by Kevin Browne
Published May 28, 2014 in Events (8 comments)

OW/ODSP Clawbacks Hurt Abused Women
It's election time. Which candidates are willing to help the most vulnerable members of our society by implementing necessary changes to our social assistance programs?
by Doreen Nicoll
Published May 28, 2014 in Healing Gaia (10 comments)

Edinburgh to Enforce 30 km/h Speed Limit on All Residential Streets
With more than three decades of clear evidence, there is no excuse for any city to continue dragging its feet on implementing a safe, humane speed limit for the most dangerous objects on the road.
by Ryan McGreal
Published May 23, 2014 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (42 comments)

Paris to Implement City-Wide 30 km/h Speed Limit
This is not a timid pilot project with a five-year moratorium on implementing changes anywhere else: it is a city-wide initiative that follows logically from the city's experiments with lower-speed and pedestrian-only zones.
by Nicholas Kevlahan
Published May 22, 2014 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (24 comments)

The Parkview Institute: Defining Hamilton's Schools as Community Hubs Model
The community has spoken. It's time to explore Schools as Community Hubs. It's time to build a model and with it comes a need to choose one community to set the example.
by Larry Pattison
Published May 22, 2014 in Special Report: Education (3 comments)

Participate in the Your CBC Hamilton Survey
Now is a good time to engage citizens again on how well the CBC digital service is serving Hamiltonians and how it might improve.
by Sonja Macdonald
Published May 21, 2014 in Media (6 comments)

Over 15,000 Hamilton Motorists Ran Red Lights in 2013
I suppose all those self-described drivers who say cyclists shouldn't be allowed on the roads because they roll through stop signs will hang their heads in shame.
by Nicholas Kevlahan
Published May 21, 2014 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (41 comments)

Hamilton's Urban Forestry Discussion Continues with TreesCount 2014
The TreesCount 2014 inventory will take a closer look at Westdale's urban forest to help inform a neighbourhood approach to better urban forest management.
by Mara McHaffie
Published May 21, 2014 in Special Report: Urban Forest (1 comment)

Downtown Hamilton Has a Glut of Parking, Not a Shortage
With 68% peak usage and falling, the last thing downtown needs is more parking, but that hasn't stopped some of our leaders from deciding we have a shortage.
by Ryan McGreal
Published May 21, 2014 in Downtown Bureau (32 comments)

More Parochial Excuses Not to Implement Two-Way Conversions
Is it really so strange that the city's largest employment hub, business and creative centre gets a lot of attention, especially since it has been under-performing for so many years due to self-inflicted wounds?
by Nicholas Kevlahan
Published May 16, 2014 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (71 comments)

Active Transportation is the Public Health Issue of Our Time
Hamilton has a huge head start with our many walkable prewar neighbourhoods, yet we continue to push ahead with 1970s-style car-dependent sprawl.
by Jason Leach
Published May 16, 2014 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (34 comments)

Overcoming Abuse and Trauma
This remarkable young woman is putting a face and a very strong voice to the issues of abuse and trauma.
by Doreen Nicoll
Published May 16, 2014 in Healing Gaia (3 comments)

Expressing Vibrancy: This is Your Brain on Culture
The goal of this project is to find a common language around cultural vibrancy - and a way to measure it - so cities and towns can determine tangible goals, and plan more effectively for future growth.
by Jenny Gladish
Published May 15, 2014 in Events (1 comment)

Local Musicians Breathe New Life into 'Music of Friends'
'Master Chamber Works With Clarinet', featuring Shiori Kobayashi and Ian Green, will take place at 7pm on May 24, at Hamilton Mennonite Church, 143 Lower Horning Road.
by Shiona Mackenzie
Published May 13, 2014 in Arts and Music (0 comments)

BRT Presentation an Unfortunate Artifact of Absent Leadership and Lost Focus
The problem is not that Council and staff do not know this stuff. In the absence of leadership, Council and staff have lost the courage of their convictions.
by Ryan McGreal
Published May 09, 2014 in Special Report: Light Rail (65 comments)

Ontario Liberals Confirm 100 Percent Capital Funding for 'Rapid Transit', Whatever That Means
The Ontario Liberals are promising 100% capital funding for "rapid transit" in Hamilton but won't confirm whether "rapid transit" means light rail transit.
by Ryan McGreal
Published May 07, 2014 in Special Report: Light Rail (40 comments)

Unnecessary Parking Requirements Hurt Small Business Development
A new cafe had to remove its tables and chairs before opening because the City determined it did not have enough parking.
by Jessica Ramsay
Published May 07, 2014 in Commentary (23 comments)

Another Senior Citizen Dies after Automobile Collision
Pedestrians are disproportionately at risk of injury and death on high-volume thoroughfares where the physics of high vehicle speeds means collisions are both harder to avoid and more likely to result in serious injury.
by Ryan McGreal
Published May 07, 2014 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (7 comments)

Latest Anti-LRT Tactic a Demand to Re-do Completed LRT/BRT Comparison
BRT can't simultaneously be far cheaper and more flexible than LRT while at the same time fixed and permanent enough to attract economic investment.
by Nicholas Kevlahan
Published May 06, 2014 in Special Report: Light Rail (70 comments)

Hamilton's Fractured Political Discourse
There is something to be said about the frivolity of our current mode of conflict resolution, just as there is something to be said about developing new strategies to approach divisive issues.
by Ryan Janssen
Published May 06, 2014 in Commentary (4 comments)

Open Public Data Helps us Make Better Decisions
Hamiltonians may be thinking of what ails our city and how we can fix it. A good start would be to access quantifiable data to use as a measurement.
by Tyler Collins
Published May 06, 2014 in Special Report: Open Public Data (4 comments)

Notes from James Street South Jane's Walk
Some people asked for my notes from this past Saturday's Jane's Walk along James Street South. I added some photos for those who would like to follow the tour from Gore Park to Ballinachinch.
by Ryan McGreal
Published May 05, 2014 in Architecture (12 comments)

Reporters Barred from Electronic Recording at Committee Meeting
If you look at the agenda's requirement that no cell phones, pagers or Blackberry devices be in the room, it shows someone with one foot firmly in the past and the other foot firmly in their mouth.
by James Arlen
Published May 05, 2014 in Commentary (6 comments)

Too Many Unanswered Questions About James Street Baptist Church
City staff and community volunteers have decided the fate of the James Street Baptist Church. Where is City Council in this process?
by Chris Erskine
Published May 05, 2014 in Special Report: Heritage (4 comments)

Get Ready for a June 12 Election
Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath said she has lost confidence in the governing Ontario Liberals and will vote against the 2014 Ontario Budget the government released yesterday.
by Ryan McGreal
Published May 02, 2014 in Ontario Election 2014 (24 comments)

Still Time for Leadership on LRT
LRT could be a reality for Hamilton if our leaders have the understanding, vision and political courage to champion it, stick-handle it through opposition, and forcefully negotiate a good funding arrangement.
by Ryan McGreal
Published May 02, 2014 in Special Report: Light Rail (11 comments)

Car Culture Victim Blaming at its Worst
This is the end result of a culture that blames pedestrians and cyclists killed and injured by motorists, instead of the drivers who are actually responsible.
by Nicholas Kevlahan
Published May 01, 2014 in Special Report: Cycling (60 comments)

Location, Location, Location: Valley City in Dundas is Back
When roaming around Dundas recently, I decided to spontaneously pop into the former factory space and see what, if any, old stories those old walls could tell. I hit the jackpot.
by Margaret Lindsay Holton
Published May 01, 2014 in Architecture (5 comments)

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