Articles from August, 2013

Ten Things We Should Do in Hamilton Before the Pan Am Games
Simple things we can do by 2015 that will make the Pan Am experience far more safer and enjoyable for everyone, and will hopefully start to lead to bigger, more necessary change afterwards.
by Jason Leach
Published August 29, 2013 in Special Report: Pan Am (47 comments)

Who Has the Right of Way at an Uncontrolled Crosswalk?
Many drivers assume they have the right of way at uncontrolled crosswalks, but both drivers and pedestrians have a shared responsibility to accommodate each other.
by Ryan McGreal
Published August 28, 2013 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (23 comments)

Hamilton's Historical Beacon: A Lighthouse Well Worth Saving
The Beach Canal Lighthouse has languished for decades. We need to act now to save this unique waterfront structure before it falls down.
by Margaret Lindsay Holton
Published August 26, 2013 in Special Report: Heritage (31 comments)

Time to Equip Police with Vest-Mounted Cameras
It is time for frontline police officers to wear vest-mounted cameras to increase public confidence and protect themselves when they are properly doing their duties.
by Joey Coleman
Published August 23, 2013 in Commentary (28 comments)

Adaptive Reuse Sometimes More Expensive But Delivers Strong Return on Investment
Research into adaptive reuse supports the conclusion that developers and property owners can profit from restoring heritage properties.
by Chris Erskine
Published August 23, 2013 in Special Report: Heritage (4 comments)

Cannon Street a Case Study in Disastrous Design
Cannon Street should be full of people walking, cycling, chatting, doing business, socializing and otherwise interacting. Instead, it is desolate, save for the clumps of fast automobile traffic.
by Ryan McGreal
Published August 22, 2013 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (110 comments)

Raise the Pedestrian
Pedestrians legally have the right of way at intersections, but drivers in Hamilton do not expect to have to stop for them. This expectation needs to change if Hamilton is to achieve inclusive streets.
by Brynn Horley
Published August 20, 2013 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (25 comments)

Zebrapalooza
Tactical Urbanism, North End Traffic Plan, Code Red Neighbourhood Planning and citizen/Councillor requests boost a limited pilot project into a boom in pedestrian improvements at intersections across the city.
by Ryan McGreal
Published August 19, 2013 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (51 comments)

How to Get from Breadalbane Street to the Fortinos Dundurn Parking Lot and Back Without Dying
If you want to feel humble and small compared to the great painters, pick a colour and paint a room it.
by Mark Fenton
Published August 16, 2013 in Photo Essay (15 comments)

Gore Property Owner Refuses to Share Engineering Report
If the engineering report on 18-28 King Street East showed the buildings are structurally unsound, wouldn't the property owner want to show it off?
by Ryan McGreal
Published August 15, 2013 in Special Report: Heritage (16 comments)

More Details on Planned Hunter Street Bike Lanes
The new bike lane design, which will be installed in segments, preserves street parking but does not physically separate the bike lanes from the automobile lane.
by Ryan McGreal
Published August 15, 2013 in Special Report: Cycling (4 comments)

Gore Park: Our Piazza Under Attack
A recent trip to Italy highlighted the importance of public squares known as 'piazzas' and the built heritage within.
by Dave Serafini
Published August 15, 2013 in Special Report: Heritage (6 comments)

Farr Introduces Motion to Build Two-Way Bike Lanes on Cannon
Ward 2 Councillor Jason Farr has introduced a notice of motion to implement a protected two-way bike lane on Cannon Street in time for the 2015 Pan American Games.
by Ryan McGreal
Published August 14, 2013 in Special Report: Cycling (30 comments)

Waiting for the Gap to Appear
Who is responsible for the mess we're making of the Gore? Where is the Mayor? Where is the Premier? Where is the leader rallying support to save the heart of the city?
by Chris Erskine
Published August 13, 2013 in Special Report: Heritage (14 comments)

Negotiation with Gore Property Owner Should Have Started With Designation
Councillor Farr says it would be 'disingenuous' for Council to change course on its negotiations over the Gore buildings, but that doesn't explain Farr's position of weakness in the first place.
by Ryan McGreal
Published August 13, 2013 in Special Report: Heritage (7 comments)

Update from Councillor Farr on Gore Properties
In consideration of everything that has played out to date, to turn the tables and stray from the commitments made by both sides would be disingenuous at this stage.
by Jason Farr
Published August 11, 2013 in Special Report: Heritage (19 comments)

Council Refuses to Exercise its Power to Save Gore Buildings from Demolition
Do Minister Chan and City Council members really want to be remembered as the elected officials who stood by and allowed an irreplaceable part of Ontario's built heritage to be destroyed?
by Ryan McGreal
Published August 09, 2013 in Special Report: Heritage (10 comments)

Cycling Committee Suggests Speed Humps for Cyclists on Beach Strip
Our city's vision is so narrow that even the cycling committee sees cycling as something to be controlled rather than encouraged.
by Jason Leach
Published August 09, 2013 in Special Report: Cycling (32 comments)

We Cannot Afford Another Chapter in the Vanished Hamilton Series
Residents brought new life to the streets of Hamilton by rolling up their sleeves, taking back vacant spaces on streets once thought too difficult to revitalize. They did it without grants or the financial support developers are receiving.
by Stephanie Trendocher
Published August 08, 2013 in Special Report: Heritage (10 comments)

Update From Councillor McHattie on Gore Properties
Under the current deal with Wilson-Blanchard, they will demolish 18-28 King Street East, construct a new building and re-attach heritage elements from the current facades.
by Brian McHattie
Published August 06, 2013 in Special Report: Heritage (17 comments)

More OLG Games: The House Always Wins
The Hamilton Casino debate is far from over. Thanks to broad, vague and unaccountable escape clauses in the OLG lease at Flamboro Downs, the operator will have plenty of leverage to move a new casino downtown.
by Mark Richardson
Published August 05, 2013 in Special Report: Casino (16 comments)

Council, Province Have an Obligation to Protect Heritage
At both the municipal and provincial level, there is a clear process for determining whether and when to intervene to protect a heritage building from demolition.
by Kieran C. Dickson
Published August 05, 2013 in Special Report: Heritage (5 comments)

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