Regular readers of Raise the Hammer will recognize that we have a love/hate relationship with the city's only daily newspaper.
On the one hand, we sometimes challenge its biased coverage and the agenda it seems to be promoting at the expense of Hamilton's civic culture.
On the other hand, the paper does some things extremely well, and we try to be as quick to praise its successes as we are to criticize.
Finally, we recognize that the paper has a reach about twenty times larger than RTH, and that it is a powerful means to present and defend arguments for sustainable revitalization.
The bottom line: we don't want the Spectator to fail; we just want it to do a better job of promoting the city as a dense, urban, diverse space rather than sprawlness as usual. RTH does its small part to try and expand the range of acceptable ideas.
It's in this light of constructive criticism and engagement that I direct your attention to a couple of RTH sightings in this week's editions of the Spec.
On Tuesday, January 30, an outspoken member of Transportation for Liveable Communities, wrote a special report for the Spec on advocates for transportation alternatives in the city, featuring lists of ideas for transportation improvements by Daryl Bender, a member of the City Cycling Committee and McMaster's ACT office, Reuven Dukas, a psychology professor at Mac, and yours truly.
Read Randy's Squeaky Wheels piece here.
Today, Toby Yull, a Spec columnist and long-time advocate for urban revitalization, wrote an article about the dominant car culture that made reference to an RTH blog entry about the one-way sign for the Hamilton Art Gallery.
Read Toby's Cars Rule piece here.