Revitalization

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. His articles have also been published in The Walrus and HuffPost. He 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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