Fake Street Wall Puts Real Street to Shame

By Ryan McGreal
Published October 03, 2007

I just returned from a walk around the charming movie set at Main and John. I've been meaning to take a look for a while, but my travels haven't taken me along that stretch of Main recently.

It's a traditional street wall: continuous, porous, with no setback from the sidewalk. In other words, it's precisely the kind of facade that should already be on Main Street.

I don't know which is the more damning indictment of Hamilton's economic development, transportation and land use policies of the past few decades: that the film production company had to build a fake street wall or they they had so much empty land adjacent to a major downtown street on which to do it.

If only we put as much attention and care into our real built environment as the film crew is putting into a fake built environment they plan to blow up in a few weeks.

Ryan McGreal, the editor of Raise the Hammer, lives in Hamilton with his family and works as a programmer, writer and consultant. Ryan volunteers with Hamilton Light Rail, a citizen group dedicated to bringing light rail transit to Hamilton. Ryan writes a city affairs column in Hamilton Magazine, and several of his articles have been published in the Hamilton Spectator. He also maintains a personal website, has been known to share passing thoughts on Twitter and Facebook, and posts the occasional cat photo on Instagram.


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By jason (registered) | Posted October 03, 2007 at 14:18:16

sadly, that streetwall did exist for many decades along Main. The film crew is simply re-enacting what we've already done in real life: blow up the streetwall along Main.

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By peter (anonymous) | Posted October 03, 2007 at 21:08:35

i don't suppose there's some way they could leave it behind. probably some liability bs.

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By seancb (registered) - website | Posted October 04, 2007 at 14:54:19

they are going to be catapulting cars through the buildings tonight, so get down there and check it out while you still can...

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By JH (anonymous) | Posted October 05, 2007 at 23:39:12

Does anyone have a photo of this street wall, and of the scene, pre-blown up? Or even of the original street wall which existed?

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