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Beedok Jan 22, 2015 5:42 PM


Originally Posted by ScreamingViking (Post 6881352)
Imagine the hand-wringing and mudslinging if such a project were under debate today. :D

I'm sure there was plenty of delaying, politicking, and bribing going on back then.

ScreamingViking Jan 23, 2015 12:13 AM

No doubt. There's likely a fascinating history about the shadowy underside of decision-making in the city over the past decades.

Dr Awesomesauce Jan 23, 2015 12:34 AM

^There's a great book out there (Can't remember the title) written years ago that exposed the relationship between the City and construction firms/ organised crime. I've been trying to get my hands on it for years but it's eluded me. Perhaps someone here will know the title.

Jon Dalton Jan 23, 2015 1:28 AM

Their Town?

Dr Awesomesauce Jan 23, 2015 12:10 PM

^That's the one.

king10 Jan 26, 2015 5:13 AM

Welp, I just ordered a copy from Amazaon. Can't wait to dive into it. It was published in 1979, wish there was another newer edition including the last 30 years.

Dr Awesomesauce Jan 26, 2015 12:20 PM

^Fear not. Little has changed over the last 35 years.

thistleclub Jan 26, 2015 5:36 PM

Downtown Hamilton, 1946.

Image caption: “An aerial view of the city’s business district and Gore Park. This view provides an interesting comparison with the photos of the Gore, in the last century, and illustrates the growth of the city.”

LikeHamilton Jan 26, 2015 6:51 PM

WOW! What a nice full looking downtown!

Dr Awesomesauce Jan 26, 2015 11:44 PM

^Nice one!

The industrial complex on the block bounded by Catharine, KW, John and Rebecca is pretty serious - I'm assuming it was one single company.

The Gore Jan 26, 2015 11:57 PM

Really like the urban density on James between King and Main with the old Robinson's, Royal Bank Building, etc.

CaptainKirk Jan 27, 2015 2:41 PM

Wow! Fantastic picture!

Love the density along King William/Wilson along the current day sea of asphalt.

Also love the old theatres that back onto King Willima, the old courthouse on Main and John, and the old terminal building.

CaptainKirk Jan 28, 2015 1:27 AM


Dr Awesomesauce Jan 28, 2015 12:50 PM

^A then and now comparison would be pretty sad.

CaptainKirk Jan 29, 2015 12:41 PM

1978 Facebook Vintage Hamiklton

matt602 Jan 29, 2015 7:11 PM

Interesting how the new building there replicates the same brick and window design.

The Gore Jan 29, 2015 7:23 PM

I hope the existing "Leon Furs" sign doesn't go anywhere.

palace1 Jan 29, 2015 10:26 PM


Originally Posted by The Gore (Post 6894677)
I hope the existing "Leon Furs" sign doesn't go anywhere.

The first floor tenant of Leon's Furs, STORE, removed the sign across the front of the storefront but they use the same font and the yellow/red colour scheme in their branding so I'm sure they see the value of the hanging sign.

Like the Pagoda Chop-Suey House sign, the Leon Furs sign would have to be repaired or restored while it's hanging. If taken down for repair it wouldn't be allowed back up because it would have to conform to current sign by-laws.


Dr Awesomesauce Jan 29, 2015 11:52 PM


Originally Posted by CaptainKirk (Post 6894144)

Somewhere along the line, that building lost its cornice, etc. It was a real beauty.

matt602 Jan 30, 2015 2:33 AM

If I recall correctly, there was a pretty bad fire at some point in it's lifetime that necessitated removing the roof line from the building. I believe it spent the rest of it's life after that mostly abandoned.

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