With a long, rich history of civic engagement, Durand Neighbourhood remains committed to advancing a broad platform of community development.
By M Adrian Brassington
Published November 04, 2011
In advance of next Thursday's Evening with Jason Farr at City Hall, Town Halls Hamilton has been working with local neighbourhood associations to highlight some of the issues important to them. These topics will inform the agenda for the event on November 10.
Durand: even to those only remotely familiar with the area, the name can easily conjure up particular sorts of images. And it should; the neighbourhood is a unique and historic enclave.
Home of City Hall, The Canadian Football Hall of Fame, one of the more stately iterations of the Hamilton Public Library, Central Public School, Whitehearn, Durand Park, and the soothing walking routes of the Aberdeen area, its natural beauty, designated heritage districts, thriving shops and restaurants make it one of the most desirable places in Hamilton in which to live.
Bounded by Main Street West, Queen Street, the Escarpment and James Street South, this roughly 100 hectare inner-city district is home to approximately 12,000 Hamiltonians.
Next year, the Durand Neighbourhood Association (DNA) celebrates its 40th anniversary, making it the oldest NA in Hamilton by far.
Since its beginnings, the DNA has had both strong leadership and a history of active civic engagement. In the 1970s, in the face of uncontrolled development and demolitions, it saved the historic Durand neighbourhood from the threat of real estate speculation and rampant high-rise construction.
Here's just a sliver of what the DNA has accomplished since its inception:
These days, its concerns are a little broader than those of four decades ago - and a little more complicated - but the DNA is just as determined to find ways to work with Ward 2 Councillor Jason Farr to get them addressed.
Here's a small selection of what they're interested in discussing on November 10 at the Town Hall being held in Council Chambers:
There's no doubt that the Durand neighbourhood benefits greatly from the efforts of its residents' association. Nor is there any doubt that the DNA's voice will be a strong one at 'An Evening With Ward 2 Councillor Jason Farr'.