By Anna Greenspan
Published August 16, 2013
I am writing to implore Hamilton City Council to save the buildings in Gore Park that are threatened with demolition, since this is the best way to ensure that this part of the downtown core be included in the current revitalization of Hamilton.
I am a Hamiltonian who teaches urbanism at the New York University campus in Shanghai. Every year I spend part of my time here and have been increasingly impressed - even astonished - by the bottom-up regeneration that is occurring in this city.
The local downtown community - clustered in particularly on James Street North - have created the kind of grassroots revitalization that urbanists everywhere dream of. Hamilton is becoming a counter-model to the decline of the rustbelt city.
It has become abundantly clear that this process relies on the adaptive re-use of old buildings, whose architecture is particularly suited to a mix of small business and residence, rather than any type of large-scale development.
There is an immense amount of energy and commitment to a contemporary revival of Hamilton's downtown. Protecting the buildings at Gore Park is one of the best ways for Council to help this spirit flourish and spread.
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