Walkable main street filled with heritage buildings a blueprint for vibrancy

In 2004, the hit TV drama The West Wing came to shoot scenes for a couple of upcoming episodes in the Town of Dundas. The producers chose the Valley Town as it could easily pass as a quaint and vibrant setting that could emulate towns in New Hampshire. Other television shows and...
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King William Performing Arts District Plan

A vision is in place to turn part of King William Street into a performing arts district. It’s being led by Theatre Aquarius, which can’t meet demand for use of its 750-seat venue, Dofasco Centre for the Arts. Theatre Aquarius draws more than 100,000 visitors a year...
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Downtown development is good for all taxpayers

Density gets a bad rap these days. It’s often thought of as a dirty word, evoking images of monolithic highrise office towers or apartment buildings that create wind tunnels and foster a sterile street life around them. A concrete jungle. But we often hear about the...
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City’s history of vibrant urban planning still shines in suburb

Hamilton has a proud history of urban innovation with a lot of “firsts” over the years. In 1877, the first commercial telephone service in Canada began in Hamilton. In 1883, Hamilton installed Canada’s first incandescent street lights. Hamilton became home to...
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Eight Principles for Redeveloping Stelco

With the future of U.S. Steel Canada’s assets settled, it’s time to talk about the redevelopment of land that will no longer be used for steel making. As a community, we need to get ahead of this issue and have a serious conversation about how to best repurpose these...
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Say hello to Hamiltonism

As progressive urbanists continue to push Hamilton toward a more economically vibrant and resilient future, they can take inspiration from Canada’s west coast. The city of Vancouver has become the global darling of planners, architects, and urbanists as they study how Canada’s...
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