Neighbourhoods

The replacement of the football stadium in Hamilton, Ontario, stirred many emotions among its residents. Each new site proposal targeted once-established communities. My interests back then were in what constituted “community” when they were built and the reality of what I saw.

Ivor Wynne Stadium before demolition.

While the city rapidly grew a century ago, its vision was clear and transparent. The northern part of the city was dominated by immigrant communities employed by the growing industry in that area. From there, going south, communities' social and material status has been progressively higher.

Neighborhood #2 (click to enlarge.)
Neighborhood #2 (click to enlarge.)

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Neighborhood #9
Neighborhood #9

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Conversation
Conversation

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Neighborhood #2 (click to enlarge.)
Neighborhood #2 (click to enlarge.)

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Today, one can see the past influences of many European cultures throughout the city. It is harder, however, to identify the cultural cohesiveness of individual communities. Something is visibly missing.

Millefiori #2
Millefiori #2

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Art Studio
Art Studio

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Groovy Baby
Groovy Baby

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Millefiori #2
Millefiori #2

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The traditional, familiar places of interactions, of the real face time that used to empower the formation of social wisdom and collective interests, became nothing but ghosts scattered around the city. My reflections about it go beyond my nostalgia or personal memories.  

Eaton Centre Glory Days
Eaton Centre Glory Days

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King William Street
King William Street

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Promise
Promise

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Eaton Centre Glory Days
Eaton Centre Glory Days

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Opening Jackson Square Mall and Eaton Centre in the seventies not only squeezed out the iconic City Hall from the traditional core of the city. Numerous established department stores and merchants closed their doors, and many purely maintained historical buildings were demolished. Originally designed mall’s amenities were scaled down, and what was promised was never delivered. The city core lost its soul.

Art on James Street North
Art on James Street North

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Wall Art
Wall Art

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Public Square
Public Square

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Art on James Street North
Art on James Street North

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In the world of hidden avenues of commercial interests, traditional values of humanity don’t stand for much. “Liberal democracy” is meaningless unless we start using the tools it developed. Facebook time is no substitute for actual face time.