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RTH Goes Bi-Weekly

Starting this issue, Raise the Hammer will be published bi-weekly instead of monthly.

By Ryan McGreal
Published May 16, 2005

Raise the Hammer is only six months old, but we decided from the outset not to fall into a rut or sleepwalk from issue to issue. Because we're new, we're still experimenting with how best to go about championing sustainable urban revitalization in Hamilton.

We found that a month was a long time between issues, so we launched the hammerblog as a way to keep things happening. However, the blog is episodic, and we like the idea of exploring the city more thematically.

As a result, starting this issue, Raise the Hammer will be published bi-weekly instead of monthly. Our issues may be a bit smaller at first, but we're excited about becoming even more timely in our coverage, and we hope to attract more writers to keep our publication diverse. (Please contact us at if you are interested in contributing.)

This issue features two perspectives on the eleventh hour reprieve for Hamilton's beloved and long-suffering Lister Block, an inspiring vision for Gore Park, a statement of our first principles, and an ambitious challenge for City Council to take global warming and air pollution seriously.

Our next issue, due at the end of the month, will include a photo tour of City Hall from last month's Doors Open Hamilton series, a review of the new Kensington Gallery near Ottawa St., an update on our Kyoto World Cities 20/20 Challenge initiative, and more.

In the meantime, we will continue to publish urgent, quirky pieces in the blog and keep scouring the city for zeitgeist (we know it's somewhere).

As always, we welcome your feedback. Send letters to; send comments and article submissions to; and sign up for our online discussion to post comments at the bottom of each article.

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 wrote 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, HuffPost and Behind the Numbers. 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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