Revitalization

The Right Place at the Wrong Time

By Ryan McGreal
Published December 20, 2005

Always a bridesmaid, never a bride dept:

I was the 99,991st visitor to the Art Gallery of Hamilton on December 8 when I went in to meet someone for lunch.

Steve Denyes, the communications manager for the AGH, broke the news to me as I walked through the door.

Ten minutes later, Kim Shippey walked in to an eruption of fanfare and congratulations.

That's 100,000 visitors in a little less than seven months - not bad, considering the previous record was 74,000 visitors in the entire year of 2001.

Congratulations to the AGH for a very successful rebirth.

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 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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