Articles in Special Report: Pan Am

Leverage Stadium to Enhance Neighbourhood
The new stadium is where it is. Let's do it right by incorporating mixed-use facilities that enhance the public realm, increase accessibility and bring the community together.
by Jason Leach
Published September 05, 2014 in Special Report: Pan Am (21 comments)

Return to Barton-Tiffany
Barton-Tiffany is a good place to start practising some of these things which do not preclude or foreclose development but prepare for it.
by Shawn Selway
Published December 11, 2013 in Special Report: Pan Am (4 comments)

Ten Things We Should Do in Hamilton Before the Pan Am Games
Simple things we can do by 2015 that will make the Pan Am experience far more safer and enjoyable for everyone, and will hopefully start to lead to bigger, more necessary change afterwards.
by Jason Leach
Published August 29, 2013 in Special Report: Pan Am (47 comments)

Details on James North GO Station
Metrolinx has sent the City of Hamilton some details and timelines on the planned all-day GO Train station on James North.
by Ryan McGreal
Published October 25, 2012 in Special Report: Pan Am (60 comments)

Pan Am Venue Process Led to Generic Stadium Design
With all the Pan Am venue designs bundled into a single bid, individual venues did not necessarily get the best or most cost-efficient design.
by Kevin Hollingworth
Published October 19, 2012 in Special Report: Pan Am (55 comments)

The Great Stadium Disappointment
The new stadium is an uninspired, boring, half-assed waste of money.
by Adrian Duyzer
Published October 14, 2012 in Special Report: Pan Am (238 comments)

West Don Lands: Birth of a Neighbourhood
I've never seen a neighbourhood emerge from the ether, but the Pan Am Games facility at Front and Cherry is shaping up to be a most memorable delivery.
by Ben Bull
Published June 01, 2012 in Special Report: Pan Am (10 comments)

TO2015 Confirms Milton Velodrome
Milton will receive the Pan Am Velodrome with the help of a $7 million donation from the CEO of Mattamy Homes, millions in additional donations and a possible partnership with Wilfrid Laurier.
by Ryan McGreal
Published January 31, 2012 in Special Report: Pan Am (31 comments)

Council Should Demand Pan Am Stadium Transparency
What good is it for Council to know the details of the stadium design if they cannot share it publicly or make use of the information?
by Larry Pattison
Published November 17, 2011 in Special Report: Pan Am (75 comments)

Hamilton Must Leverage Positive Change of Velodrome
Cyclists are all in this together. We need to find ways to leverage positive change where we can, in a way that benefits as broad a section of the community as possible.
by Andrew Iler
Published September 16, 2011 in Special Report: Pan Am (11 comments)

$17 Million Would Buy a Lot of Bike Lanes
Compared to a velodrome, a continuous citywide bike lane network would produce much bigger and broader public benefits.
by Ryan McGreal
Published September 15, 2011 in Special Report: Pan Am (67 comments)

Velodrome: Burden or Opportunity?
Councillor Terry Whitehead argues that we should regard the Velodrome as an investment in a better quality of life, an improved image and an enhanced community college.
by Terry Whitehead
Published September 02, 2011 in Special Report: Pan Am (45 comments)

Salvaging the Pan Am Opportunity: Move Brian Timmis to West Harbour
The importance of West Harbour has always been much more than just a potential location for a stadium.
by Paul Shaker
Published September 01, 2011 in Special Report: Pan Am (51 comments)

Councillors to Continue Velodrome Discussion September 13
Councillors will meet in a special General Issues Committee meeting on September 13 to continue their discussion on the Pan Am Velodrome proposal.
by Ryan McGreal
Published August 30, 2011 in Special Report: Pan Am (42 comments)

Troop on Velodrome Risks and Opportunities, Stadium Costs
Toronto 2015 CEO Ian Troop spoke to RTH today on the phone to discuss the Pan Am velodrome, the stadium, and the decision facing Hamilton City Council.
by Ryan McGreal
Published August 30, 2011 in Special Report: Pan Am (20 comments)

Councillors to Consider Velodrome Proposal, Change to Pan Am Stadium Plan
Staff reports on a proposed permanent velodrome at Mohawk College and a decision to completely rebuild Ivor Wynne Stadium will give Councillors plenty to discuss at today's GIC meeting.
by Ryan McGreal
Published August 29, 2011 in Special Report: Pan Am (96 comments)

Council Controversy over Velodrome Proposal
Councillor Ferguson and Clark have objected to the short notice for Monday's proposed General Issues Committee and Council meetings to make a decision on the Pan Am Velodrome.
by Ryan McGreal
Published August 26, 2011 in Special Report: Pan Am (100 comments)

Stadium Committee Needs to Engage Community
We need to make the most of this chance to turn around a Code Red area of our city, by taking advantage of what the people of this city have to offer in both their knowledge and love for their city.
by Larry Pattison
Published June 03, 2011 in Special Report: Pan Am (52 comments)

Our City, Our Future: A Retrospective
The Our City, Our Future campaign is an interesting case study of how citizens used alternative and social media to mobilize public support and directly engage decision makers.
by Ryan McGreal
Published March 25, 2011 in Special Report: Pan Am (121 comments)

The Day Our City Joined Hands
January 31 was a day that our Council sent a unanimous message to our city. I truly believe that in the end, the Great Stadium Debate brought us all closer.
by Larry Pattison
Published February 10, 2011 in Special Report: Pan Am (79 comments)

A Little Clarification on the Hamilton Future Fund
If you pay a Horizon Utilities bill for hydro use in Hamilton, you are paying for the $137 million Hamilton Future Fund.
by Connie Stefanson
Published January 31, 2011 in Special Report: Pan Am (22 comments)

Stadium Deal is Pyrrhic Victory
I'm glad this affair is finally over; but I lament the lost opportunity to parlay a sports stadium into something much more ambitious.
by Ryan McGreal
Published January 31, 2011 in Special Report: Pan Am (112 comments)

Stadia and Social Structures
Throughout history, stadia have entertained and distracted the public from the plundering of the public purse by ambitious empire builders.
by Michael Borrelli
Published January 27, 2011 in Special Report: Pan Am (31 comments)

Councillors to Province: Please Solve Our Problems
Last week, Ivor Wynne was offered up and accepted because it was cheaper, not because it was better. Now it's not even cheaper, so why is Council even considering it?
by Graham Crawford
Published January 25, 2011 in Special Report: Pan Am (104 comments)

Leaving Things to the Last Minute
Rushed planning, confused priorities conspire to mire stadium process in confusion and uncertainty.
by Ryan McGreal
Published January 25, 2011 in Special Report: Pan Am (16 comments)

More Questions Than Answers After Ivor Wynne Stadium Meeting
Even Councillors seem unsure just exactly what they agreed to at today's committee meeting, when they approved a proposal to make an Ivor Wynne renovation Hamilton's bid for a Pan Am stadium.
by Ryan McGreal
Published January 24, 2011 in Special Report: Pan Am (54 comments)

Quick-And-Dirty Notes From Today's Committee Meeting
Bullet points on the presentations, questions and comments at today's council meeting concerning a proposal to renovate Ivor Wynne Stadum for use as a Pan Am Games and Hamilton Tiger-Cats stadium.
by Mark Richardson
Published January 24, 2011 in Special Report: Pan Am (16 comments)

City Staff Report on Ivor Wynne Stadium Renovation
The estimated cost of the Ivor Wynne renovation is $156.5 million - $174.5 million. With $115 million on the table, the plan is short $36.5 million - $54.5 million.
by RTH Staff
Published January 23, 2011 in Special Report: Pan Am (244 comments)

ROI: Not just the French Word for King
At the end of the day, the implications of not investing in the West Harbour will be significant in the long term.
by Graham Crawford
Published January 22, 2011 in Special Report: Pan Am (38 comments)

Social Inclusion and Hamilton's 2015 Pan Am Games
The City can significantly improve inclusion for residents around Ivor Wynne Stadium by focusing on urban renewal and access to green space and recreational facilities in its renovation.
by Sarah V. Wayland
Published January 21, 2011 in Special Report: Pan Am (43 comments)

Pan Am Opportunity: A 22,000 West Harbour Stadium
If, according to Bob Young, cost and not location is the primary issue left concerning the Pan Am Games stadium, a strong case can be made for a 22,000 seat stadium at West Harbour.
by Paul Shaker
Published January 17, 2011 in Special Report: Pan Am (231 comments)

Stadium Poll Results
Results of the telephone survey asking Hamiltonians about a Confederation Park stadium and a scalable 6,000 seat stadium.
by RTH Staff
Published January 14, 2011 in Special Report: Pan Am (95 comments)

Council votes to Study Ivor Wynne
Councillors voted to ask staff to prepare a detailed report on an Ivor Wynne Stadium rebuild, as well as to prepare a "Plan B" report on a scalable West Harbour stadium.
by Jeff Reid
Published January 13, 2011 in Special Report: Pan Am (191 comments)

Troop, Councillors Respond to IWS Proposal
Troop is still waiting to see formal proposal, while several Councillors remain concerned about funding details and other lost opportunities.
by RTH Staff
Published January 11, 2011 in Special Report: Pan Am (147 comments)

Young, Bratina Propose Refurbished Ivor Wynne Stadium
Hamilton Mayor Bob Bratina and Hamilton Tiger-Cats owner Bob Young announced an agreement to build a 25,000 seat Pan Am / Ticats stadium on the site of the current Ivor Wynne Stadium.
by RTH Staff
Published January 11, 2011 in Special Report: Pan Am (144 comments)

Stadiums, Nodes and Growth
The synergies at Ivor Wynne far outweigh what synergies have been constructed as justification for a community-sized stadium at the West Harbour.
by Mark Richardson
Published January 10, 2011 in Special Report: Pan Am (55 comments)

Troop Clarifies Toronto 2015 Position on Pan Am Stadium
Ian Troop reminds Hamilton that the Pan Am Games are to support high performance sport, not provide a Ticat stadium, and warns Burlington to look very closely at the claim an Aldershot stadium won't cost the City any money.
by Ryan McGreal
Published January 07, 2011 in Special Report: Pan Am (198 comments)

Troop: No Deadline Extension Under Any Circumstances
After all the incredible twists and turns this story has taken over the past year, for Hamilton it comes down to West Harbour or nowhere.
by Ryan McGreal
Published January 06, 2011 in Special Report: Pan Am (109 comments)

Despite Burlington Play, Hamilton at 2nd and Goal
The Aldershot financing plan depends on $70 million in Pan Am Games funding from Toronto 2015, but the City of Hamilton still has the first shot at securing that money by February 1.
by Ryan McGreal
Published January 06, 2011 in Special Report: Pan Am (139 comments)

Troop: 6000 Seat Pan Am Stadium is Viable, Feb 1 Deadline is Final
Toronto 2015 CEO Ian Troop confirmed that a 5,500-6,500 seat stadium for community use will meet the Pan Am criteria, and further that there is no time to extend deadlines. On February 1, if Hamilton does not have a plan, the stadium will go elsewhere.
by Ryan McGreal
Published January 03, 2011 in Special Report: Pan Am (125 comments)

Pan Am Solution: A Scalable West Harbour Stadium
It's time to bring this debate back to the original Pan Am Games opportunity - the chance to realize many of our city goals so that years from now, looking back, we will not be talking about the potential of Hamilton, we will be living it.
by Paul Shaker
Published December 31, 2010 in Special Report: Pan Am (76 comments)

Burlington Councillors Not Playing Along With Ticat Stadium Play
The Aldershot play is the Ticats' last-ditch attempt to wrangle a stadium that meets their goals of easy motor vehicle access, highway visibility and spinoff investment - or at least to scare Hamilton Council into reconsidering Confederation Park.
by Ryan McGreal
Published December 30, 2010 in Special Report: Pan Am (64 comments)

Meeting to Re-Think Barton-Tiffany Land Use
A group of North End Hamiltonians has called a community meeting to discuss options for the future redevelopment of the Barton-Tiffany land in the West Harbour.
by Ryan McGreal
Published December 29, 2010 in Special Report: Pan Am (7 comments)

Failed Compromise Stadium Sites Reaffirm Original Choice
Council needed to be prepared to walk away from a bad stadium deal. That they weren't prepared to do this is why we look like such fools today.
by Ryan McGreal
Published December 21, 2010 in Special Report: Pan Am (320 comments)

A Case for Confederation Park
Time to finalize a Pan Am stadium in Hamilton is fast running out. Trey Shaugnessy argues that it's time to take another look at Confederation Park.
by Trey Shaughnessy
Published December 20, 2010 in Special Report: Pan Am (77 comments)

No City Benefits in Latest Ticat Proposal
To re-establish Hamilton as a great city, we need jobs that will keep people here, and a vital and successful downtown core to act as the economic, social and cultural centre that defines our city to the outside world.
by Jonathan Dalton
Published November 10, 2010 in Special Report: Pan Am (119 comments)

Sustainable Cities through Sports Investment
Professor Mark Rosentraub's lively and engaging lecture presented a how-to guide for cities to ensure the most bang for the buck when investing in sports facilities.
by Mark Richardson
Published November 02, 2010 in Special Report: Pan Am (53 comments)

Live Coverage of October 12 Committee of the Whole
Joey Coleman provides live coverage of the Committee of the Whole meeting to discuss the latest staff update on the proposed Pan Am stadium at the CP Rail Yard location.
by Joey Coleman
Published October 12, 2010 in Special Report: Pan Am (12 comments)

Far Too Many Unasked Questions in Stadium Report
This is a multi-million dollar business deal that has generational implications to taxpayers in Hamilton. If we are going to pander to investors, then we should focus our gratitude on the long-suffering, fatigued taxpayers of the City of Hamilton.
by Graham Crawford
Published October 11, 2010 in Special Report: Pan Am (32 comments)

Ticats: $10 Million Toward Stadium
In the latest staff report on the CP Rail Yard site, the Ticats offer to contribute $8-10 million in capital costs toward the stadium.
by RTH Staff
Published October 08, 2010 in Special Report: Pan Am (44 comments)

Noticing
Odd things observed at the last COW meeting.
by Graham Crawford
Published October 04, 2010 in Special Report: Pan Am (41 comments)

Late, Outrageous, Insulting: A Book Review of the Ticats' Newest Work of Fiction
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have some fun with numbers in their study of economic benefits associated with the football club and associated companies.
by Graham Crawford
Published September 16, 2010 in Special Report: Pan Am (68 comments)

Committee Of The Whole Meeting To Discuss MIP Site September 14
An important Committee of the Whole (COW) meeting will be held Tuesday, September 14 to discuss the recommendation of placing the Pan Am Games Stadium at the McMaster Innovation Park.
by RTH Staff
Published September 13, 2010 in Special Report: Pan Am (29 comments)

Interview with Mayor Eisenberger on MIP Stadium Site
In a telephone interview with RTH, Mayor Fred Eisenberger shared his thoughts on the McMaster Innovation Park location that has emerged recently as a possible alternative to the West Harbour.
by Ryan McGreal
Published August 30, 2010 in Special Report: Pan Am (56 comments)

Chamberlain: 'Absolutely Foolhardy' to Build Stadium at Innovation Park
Mark Chamberlain says that building a stadium on lands earmarked for new-economy businesses would actually "detract from the city's economic agenda" in the MIP by crowding out more valuable spinoff investments.
by Ryan McGreal
Published August 30, 2010 in Special Report: Pan Am (29 comments)

Bob Young's Letter to Mayor Eisenberger on Aberdeen-Longwood Site
Text of Bob Young's letter to Mayor Eisenberger regarding a possible Pan Am stadium in the Aberdeen-Longwood area.
by RTH Staff
Published August 30, 2010 in Special Report: Pan Am (67 comments)

The First Rule of Bargaining
It may well be that if Council had demonstrated the same solidarity as the Ticats management and been willing, from the start, to walk away from a bad deal, the Ticats might have handled their end of the negotiations differently.
by Ryan McGreal
Published August 27, 2010 in Special Report: Pan Am (89 comments)

Stop and Think Before Capitulating on Stadium
What level of net income should the taxpayers of Hamilton assist the Ticat organization to realize? What level of investment should we provide to assist the Ticat organization to realize this level of net income?
by Graham Crawford
Published August 27, 2010 in Special Report: Pan Am (88 comments)

Amid Denials, Questions Remain Over Political Interference
While Mayor Eisenberger parses words over whether the Province made an offer to support the East Mountain, the question remains: why were higher levels of government trying to influence the city's decision?
by Ryan McGreal
Published August 23, 2010 in Special Report: Pan Am (45 comments)

Our City, Our Future Thanks Supporters
Most of all, we thank you, the ordinary citizens who spoke up to defend our city and our future.
by RTH Staff
Published August 12, 2010 in Special Report: Pan Am (111 comments)

Open Letter to Council: We Continue To Support You
The Our City, Our Future campaign sent the following open letter to Hamilton City Council and Mayor Eisenberger.
by RTH Staff
Published August 09, 2010 in Special Report: Pan Am (61 comments)

Our City, Our Future Summary Report
The summary report from the Our City, Our Future campaign has been released.
by RTH Staff
Published August 08, 2010 in Special Report: Pan Am (46 comments)

Video From Rally, Roundtable
These videos were taken at Saturday's Rally for the West Harbour, and Friday's "Building Hamilton's Future" Roundtable.
by RTH Staff
Published August 08, 2010 in Special Report: Pan Am (23 comments)

Staff Report: East Mountain More Costly, More Risky, Diverts Economic Development Funds
A staff report released for the August 10th, Committee of the Whole confirms media reports that the East Mountain stadium would costs tens of millions of dollars more than one built in the West Harbour location.
by RTH Staff
Published August 06, 2010 in Special Report: Pan Am (40 comments)

An Affordable 25,000 Seat Stadium
Why couldn't we build a 25,000 seat stadium at West Harbour for $102 million?
by RTH Staff
Published August 03, 2010 in Special Report: Pan Am (23 comments)

Open Letter to Council: We Support You
We are not here to bully or threaten you. We are here to show you the passion, desire, and vision we want for Hamilton and to help you make it a reality.
by RTH Staff
Published August 02, 2010 in Special Report: Pan Am (29 comments)

CFL Commissioner: East Mountain or Else
CFL Commissioner Mark Cohon endorses the East Mountain stadium location, offers 'the prospect' of multiple Grey Cups, and threatens 'the end of the CFL in Hamilton' if Council insists on a West Harbour location.
by RTH Staff
Published July 30, 2010 in Special Report: Pan Am (110 comments)

West Harbour Still the Right Choice
It's still not too late for the Ticats to partner with the City and the people of Hamilton to build a true community legacy.
by Ryan McGreal
Published July 30, 2010 in Special Report: Pan Am (25 comments)

Pan Am HostCo Swaps Track and Field, Soccer
The Pan Am track and field events will be hosted in Toronto, while soccer is moving to Hamilton.
by RTH Staff
Published July 29, 2010 in Special Report: Pan Am (31 comments)

Future Fund Board Rejects East Mountain Stadium
The Future Fund Board of Governors voted to recommend that the Future Fund not be used toward building a Pan Am stadium on the East Mountain.
by RTH Staff
Published July 27, 2010 in Special Report: Pan Am (47 comments)

Future Fund Board Considers Appropriate Use of Stadium Money
The Future Fund Board of Governors will meet tomorrow, in part to discuss whether their endorsement of using Future Fund money for the Pan Am stadium is still warranted if the stadium goes on the East Mountain.
by Ryan McGreal
Published July 26, 2010 in Special Report: Pan Am (15 comments)

Sooner or Later, Province Must Get Involved in Stadium Dispute
If Hamilton can't make the correct decisions for its long term revitalization plans, will the Province step up and make those decisions for us?
by Ryan McGreal
Published July 23, 2010 in Special Report: Pan Am (21 comments)

'We Will Make It Work, Whatever The Site'
In January, the Ticats said they would get behind whatever Pan Am stadium site the city chose.
by Ryan McGreal
Published July 21, 2010 in Special Report: Pan Am (55 comments)

Bob Young Explains East Mountain Stadium
Young has a straightforward "agenda" in the sense of wanting the Ticats to be commercially successful, and believes he negotiated with the city on a stadium location in good faith.
by Ryan McGreal
Published July 13, 2010 in Special Report: Pan Am (127 comments)

Interview With Mayor Eisenberger: City Building and an East Mountain Stadium
Whatever happened to Hamilton's goals of progressive development and urban revitalization? Mayor Fred Eisenberger talks about the sudden change in fortunes over the city's negotiations with the Ticats over a Pan Am Stadium location.
by Ryan McGreal
Published July 09, 2010 in Special Report: Pan Am (52 comments)

New Offer Does Not Change Economics of Suburban Stadiums
The East Mountain option ultimately represents an opportunity for the Ticats to achieve profitability at the ongoing financial cost of public money and opportunity cost of economic vitality for the city as a whole.
by Ryan McGreal
Published July 07, 2010 in Special Report: Pan Am (55 comments)

Toward a Compromise on Pan Am Stadium
If the facilitator brings enough creativity and urban sensibility to the table, he may be able to persuade the Ticats that their best interest lies in embracing the logic of urban investment and making it work for them.
by Ryan McGreal
Published May 21, 2010 in Special Report: Pan Am (62 comments)

Mayor: 'Full Steam Ahead' on West Harbour
Mayor Eisenberger reiterates the city's commitment to the West Harbour stadium site, arguing that the site was selected through an open process because it is the best for the community as a whole.
by RTH Staff
Published May 06, 2010 in Special Report: Pan Am (109 comments)

Don't Let Narrow Interests Hijack Stadium Plan
Some decisions are huge and can only be made once. We either get it right, or we continue with our botched legacy of failed projects and misused tax dollars.
by Jason Leach
Published March 11, 2010 in Special Report: Pan Am (83 comments)

OK, GTA: We Won the Games, Now Don't Screw Up the Legacy
If planners and decision makers want to get the most out of the Pan Am Games, they need to keep two core principles in mind: think long-term, and think urban.
by Ryan McGreal
Published November 09, 2009 in Special Report: Pan Am (65 comments)

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