A Place Where Everyone Matters

BY Jeanette Eby Continue reading “A Place Where Everyone Matters”

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What Will The Arts Bring?

BY Bryce Kanbara “What will the arts bring to economic development?” (“What will the arts bring to the table?”) (“What will the arts bring to the equation?”) (“What will the arts bring to the party?”) The arts always bring. The arts bring humanity to an inhumane world. The arts bring a mirror to our triumphs and our failures, the best in us and the worst. … Continue reading What Will The Arts Bring?

Displacement Checklist

BY Tanya Day Ritchie and Tim Ritchie. Gentrification is a difficult subject. When we discuss it, we seem to be fighting about what it is, whether it’s happening, and whether it?s a bad thing. Where Hamilton is concerned, there is one thing that is indisputable: it used to be cheaper to live here. Five to ten years ago, it was commonplace to see houses for sale, especially in … Continue reading Displacement Checklist

To Fight Gentrification, We Need a Fighting Tenants’ Movement

BY Jason Brock There has been a considerable buzz as of late about the rapid pace of gentrification in this city. Heeding calls for an ambitious re-branding of Steel City by its cultural, political and business elite, an influx of private investment is currently reconfiguring Hamilton’s urban landscape. The resulting discussions have produced a mixed bag of recommendations on how the city’s development can best incorporate … Continue reading To Fight Gentrification, We Need a Fighting Tenants’ Movement

The “G” Word: It’s Time to Shift the Public Discourse

BY Alexandria Anderson Everybody’s talking about downtown cores. The fall of suburbia has given rise to the urban village, spurred by a “back-to-the-city” movement where urban life is the new post-consumer ideal. But as this wave of cultural renewal and growth gains momentum, the “g” word is popping up in headlines, tweets and coffee shop conversations all over the city: gentrification. Opponents of gentrification fear … Continue reading The “G” Word: It’s Time to Shift the Public Discourse