Articles in Special Report: Creative City

Looking at the Whole Board: Moving Hamilton Beyond Wedge Politics
Successful cities are transformative but they need investments of all kinds, including our time, our energy and our best efforts. But most of all, they need us to believe in the possible.
by Maureen Wilson
Published April 28, 2017 in Special Report: Creative City (21 comments)

City of Hamilton participates in Internet Performance Testing
The City of Hamilton has partnered with the Canadian Internet Registration Authority to launch an Internet performance test for city residents.
by Sarah V. Wayland
Published April 24, 2017 in Special Report: Creative City (0 comments)

Hamilton is Not a Bedroom Community
Nearly 70 percent of Hamiltonians work in Hamilton, and another 38,000 people commute into the city.
by Ryan McGreal
Published May 25, 2016 in Special Report: Creative City (8 comments)

Paul Graham's Advice to Pittsburgh Also Applies to Hamilton
The things a city like Pittsburgh should do to become a tech hub are things the city should be doing anyway, since they will all make it a nicer place to live.
by Ryan McGreal
Published April 15, 2016 in Special Report: Creative City (14 comments)

Mayor Fred's 'Ransom' Video: A Small Example of a Bigger Problem
It's time to raise the bar for our leaders since too many of them seem unwilling to raise the bar for themselves. We need to sweat the small stuff.
by Graham Crawford
Published January 26, 2015 in Special Report: Creative City (33 comments)

MIGHTY Ambitions in Second Year
The MIGHTY Program's goal is to demonstrate entrepreneurship as a viable career option to the youth of Hamilton.
by Lorenzo Somma
Published September 03, 2014 in Special Report: Creative City (0 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)

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)

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)

Moving From a Culture of Fear to a Culture of Innovation
Risk-averse leaders who want to be known as courageous should look for opportunities to take safe bets that look riskier than they really are: unpopular proposals that quickly gain support once people experience them firsthand.
by Ryan McGreal
Published February 27, 2013 in Special Report: Creative City (14 comments)

Lion's Lair Showcases Hamilton Entrepreneurs
Events like Lion's Lair not only help to showcase young businesses, but also bring more attention to the potential for Hamiltonians to become entrepreneurs and start transformative new businesses.
by Ryan McGreal
Published October 05, 2012 in Special Report: Creative City (9 comments)

The City of Hamilton's Selective Subsidies
We need to plant the seeds for individual Hamiltonians to succeed, because this is the only type of growth that will be long-lasting and sustainable.
by Sean Burak
Published August 17, 2012 in Special Report: Creative City (40 comments)

Dirty Water and Hot Metal: Shaking the Skyway Syndrome
Because so much has been forced on us so rapidly in the last three decades, we seem have become averse to choosing change, especially in the public realm. For all the talk of innovation, there is much resistance to real change here.
by Shawn Selway
Published June 29, 2012 in Special Report: Creative City (19 comments)

Hamilton Must Become a Learning City
Cities that encourage high levels of education and collaboration are better able to reinvent themselves to a changing world than cities locked into low-skilled labour in monoculture industries.
by Ryan McGreal
Published April 11, 2012 in Special Report: Creative City (38 comments)

The Essential Economies of Cities
If we hope to make good decisions about how to plan and manage our city, we need to understand how cities fulfill their essential role as engines of economic development.
by Ryan McGreal
Published November 10, 2011 in Special Report: Creative City (12 comments)

Hamilton's Role in Southern Ontario's Innovation Ecosystem
Hamilton should focus on its existing strengths while at the same time increasing its integration with Waterloo-Guelph-London.
by Abdallah Al-Hakim
Published June 10, 2011 in Special Report: Creative City (7 comments)

Killing Development Dead
Our building regulations produce a staggeringly perverse incentive: we subsidize and incentivize the neglect, demolition and destruction of value, while punishing and disincentivizing the creation of value through reinvestment and redevelopment.
by Ryan McGreal
Published June 02, 2011 in Special Report: Creative City (61 comments)

Innovation City?
The first step toward a dynamic knowledge economy in Hamilton is in recognizing that the status quo is not acceptable, and that is something on which this community of 500,000 people can almost universally agree.
by Keanin Loomis
Published June 02, 2011 in Special Report: Creative City (7 comments)

Hamilton Launches Map of City-Owned Properties
The City of Hamilton has just published a comprehensive map and listing of city-owned properties.
by Ryan McGreal
Published April 14, 2011 in Special Report: Creative City (16 comments)

Hamilton: The City that Refuses to Pivot
Effective leaders approach policy with curiosity and an open-minded willingness to follow the evidence where it leads. They change their minds when the facts change.
by Ryan McGreal
Published June 15, 2010 in Special Report: Creative City (40 comments)

Toronto: Yesterday's Development Lessons for Tomorrow
Toronto managed to avoid being hollowed out by its suburbs, mainly because the city itself continued to grow dense and diverse in its own built form and character.
by Ryan McGreal
Published June 01, 2010 in Special Report: Creative City (17 comments)

A Tale of Two Summits
It's absolutely insane that our civic leaders have largely ignored the voices in our community who have been saying the same things for years as experts like Cunningham.
by Adrian Duyzer
Published May 20, 2010 in Special Report: Creative City (23 comments)

The Potential of New, High-Growth Companies
If Hamilton wants jobs, it needs to support the creation of high-growth companies and foster the conditions that lead to them.
by Adrian Duyzer
Published April 27, 2010 in Special Report: Creative City (20 comments)

Defining Hamilton's Creative Industries
Hamilton's Planning & Economic Development Department must take care not to define creative industries too narrowly. The good news is, they're listening.
by Adrian Duyzer
Published November 24, 2009 in Special Report: Creative City (20 comments)

The Four Efficiencies of Cities
Cities leverage density, scale, association and extension to realize efficiencies and generate wealth. So why aren't we planning our cities to take better advantage of this?
by Ryan McGreal
Published July 28, 2009 in Special Report: Creative City (14 comments)

The Future of Creative Industries: Openness and Abundance or Innovation-Killing Legal Monopolies?
By collapsing the cost of creating and distributing content, computing and the internet could usher in a golden age of creativity - if only the creative industry can learn to embrace openness as a business model.
by Ryan McGreal
Published July 03, 2009 in Special Report: Creative City (5 comments)

Chasing Innovation in Film and Television
Today's network television business model is doomed. Hamilton has a chance to grow an economic cluster around a new business model for TV production and distribution.
by Ryan McGreal
Published May 27, 2009 in Special Report: Creative City (3 comments)

Can Hamilton Become a Centre of Innovation?
The opportunities that have the best long-term prospects are not warehouses in the middle of nowhere, but a dense, healthy downtown that mixes uses, welcomes artists, leverages the university and college, and brings creative people together to solve probl
by Ryan McGreal
Published May 19, 2009 in Special Report: Creative City (48 comments)

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