RTH Sightings

By Ryan McGreal
Published February 02, 2007

Regular readers of Raise the Hammer will recognize that we have a love/hate relationship with the city's only daily newspaper.

On the one hand, we sometimes challenge its biased coverage and the agenda it seems to be promoting at the expense of Hamilton's civic culture.

On the other hand, the paper does some things extremely well, and we try to be as quick to praise its successes as we are to criticize.

Finally, we recognize that the paper has a reach about twenty times larger than RTH, and that it is a powerful means to present and defend arguments for sustainable revitalization.

The bottom line: we don't want the Spectator to fail; we just want it to do a better job of promoting the city as a dense, urban, diverse space rather than sprawlness as usual. RTH does its small part to try and expand the range of acceptable ideas.

It's in this light of constructive criticism and engagement that I direct your attention to a couple of RTH sightings in this week's editions of the Spec.

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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