BY Jeanette Eby Continue reading “A Place Where Everyone Matters”
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
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
BY Graham Crawford Can better be bad? I think the short answer is yes, but of course it depends on how you define better and on how you define bad. I think the longer answer is, not always. Depending on whom you ask, the word gentrification seems to get used to describe both good and bad. As is often the case with most extremes, the … Continue reading Can Better Be Bad?
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
BY Lee Edward McIlmoyle I grew up in the far East End, practically on the contested border between Hamilton and Stoney Creek. I won’t say we had border wars, but it was tense asking where you were from, when I was growing up. I lived in the same housing project (the “White Survey”) for most of the first 23 years of my life, including a … Continue reading Where Do We Go From Here?