Gore Redevelopment a Wonderful Opportunity

By Chris Erskine
Published September 27, 2013

The Hamilton Spectator reported on September 25 that the City was willing to offer financial incentives to developers to protect the heritage of their properties.

Unfortunately, the developer does not appear to be that interested.

Graffiti sprayed on the fencing in front of 18-28 King Street East (RTH file photo)
Graffiti sprayed on the fencing in front of 18-28 King Street East (RTH file photo)

The development of this city block will be the biggest project since Jackson Square. There is a real opportunity for everyone involved to create something really great.

This city block is at the heart of Hamilton and connects several communities - Corktown, Durand, and Beasley - and business districts - Civic Block, James South, James South, Jackson Square. It is at the crossroads of three major streets - Main, King, and James.

To develop this area will need a lot of money. Why not protect the investment for the long-term by ensuring the citizens and visitors come to your doorstep?

There is an opportunity to change the site from a place you pass through to a place you play, shop and work. The potential is there, we just need to grab it.

Chris Erskine is a labour and community activist. He is also a print artist, exploring historic landscapes and building themes using lino-cut and woodblock printing methods. You can visit his website.

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By Mark-AlanWhittle (registered) - website | Posted September 28, 2013 at 13:40:58

So all this "heritage" is exposed to the elements for another winters worth of damage?

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