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Placemaking in Hamilton, A Driver for Economic Growth

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Several months ago, the Ontario Association of Architects, in partnership with the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce presented a panel discussion, “Hamilton Placemaking as a Driver for Economic Growth.” The event featured talks by Jason Thorne (General Manager of Planning and Economic Development for the City of Hamilton,) Steve Kulakowsky (Partner, Core Urban, Inc.,) Sonja Macdonald (Principal, Civicplan,) Rob Zeidler (Partner, The Dabbert Group,) Richard W. Allen (Director of The Renew Hamilton Project, Hamilton Chamber of Commerce.) Continue reading

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Part 4: Citizens in a Shifting City

This is the final entry of a four-part blog series chronicling the proposed redevelopment of Mirvish Village.

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Development in Toronto remains a loaded word, encompassing a wide range of perspectives rooted in the social, the economic, and the political: height, density, gentrification, heritage, scale, the competitive city, the OMB. There is a multiplicity of threads to follow and pull, depending on your position in the process. This nuanced narrative is captured in daily newspaper articles, op-eds, blog articles, and discussions in community newsletters. When coupled with the City’s growing mandate to cast wider the net of consultation, developers are increasingly having to build relationships not only with City Council and the Planning Department, but in the communities in which they build as well. What this means is that development is no longer the sole province of boardrooms comfortably buffered from a nebulous community by closed doors, a relic of a bygone Robert Moses model. To be sure, there remains considerable mileage between where we are now, and the democratic, equitable process imagined by the Chief Planner, City staff, community organizations, and academic scholars. But it is a step in the right direction.

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Urban decay at Prudhomme’s Landing

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What happens when your childhood water park closes down? Well, me and a couple friends decided to find out one sunny day. If you live in the Niagara Region, we’ve all passed Prudhomme’s Landing, an amusement park that in it’s hey-day was decked out with Bumper Cars, Go-Karts, a “Tilt-A-Whirl”, water slides, a wave pool, a lazy river, a haunted house and a motel. Today, the site is more of an eyesore than an attraction. Continue reading

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Jason Thorne: Planning and Economic Development, City of Hamilton

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With a population of over 500,000, Hamilton, is one of Canada’s major cities and is one of Ontario’s most economically diverse. With new developments in the downtown core as well as a new transit expansion in the north-end, it’s no wonder is was named ‘Top Investment City in Canada’ and ‘Top Location for Investment in Ontario’ in 2012 and 2013. OpenCity Projects recently had the opportunity to interview the new General Manager of Planning and Economic Development for the City of Hamilton to find out what really makes Hamilton a great place to live. Continue reading

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What Lies Beneath

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A few weekends ago, I attended the 6th now-annual Jane’s Walk in Toronto. I did a lot of walking, exploring my city and listening to the stories my neighbours have to tell about our shared home. On the surface, the walks I attended that weekend could not have been more different. Continue reading

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