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Old Posted Jun 8, 2013, 5:10 AM
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Cool There's still nothing like the Hammer

When I was in Winnipeg last week, I was reminded of my old explorations through Hamilton's inner city. It's been a long time since I've looked at my photo archives, and I've been all across Canada, and there's still nothing like the Hammer.

Truly a unique urban environment in Canada.


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Old Posted Jun 8, 2013, 5:36 AM
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ah. the good-old-bad-old days. i miss your hamilton coverage.
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I miss Hamilton. Wish I got to go back more often.
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There's nothing like a Hammer thread by Flar, either
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Very nice shots, flar! Thanks for sharing.

Congrats and greetings from Madrid, Spain!
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It's crazy how much some of this reminds me of Detroit, with the huge difference being that even when areas in Canada reach the point of looking this truly bad, they aren't wholesale abandoned. Kinda' jealous. lol
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Wow Canadian grit, sweet hood. Looks like a socialist version of St. Louis makes
me want to visit. Is it a steel town, or former steel town?

Wow just looked at it on a map, didnt realize it was so freaking close to Niagara, I was just like 25 min away from Hamilton this weekend.
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I'm no expert on Hamilton, but I'd say it's still a steel town. The industry has lost some of its prominence at the head of the region's economy, but driving across the Skyway Bridge an seeing all the mills puffing smoke and freighters lined up along the pier, you still get a feeling that this is what makes the city tick.

It really is the only place in Canada that has that American Rust-Belt style grit on such a large scale.
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You left out the photo of the woman with no pants talking to the police....lol. You are right though, Hamilton is a one of a kind.
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Some good stuff. The H is always full of tasty grit.
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That reminded me of the US moreso than anywhere in Canada I've seen on this board. It looks like an interesting city.
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One tough lookin' town. Thanks for the reminder flar.
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I miss Hamilton. Wish I got to go back more often.
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You left out the photo of the woman with no pants talking to the police....lol. You are right though, Hamilton is a one of a kind.





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It's crazy how much some of this reminds me of Detroit, with the huge difference being that even when areas in Canada reach the point of looking this truly bad, they aren't wholesale abandoned. Kinda' jealous. lol
I've always thought that was an interesting contrast as well, residential abandonment is very rare in Canada. Even commercial abandonment is relatively rare. As you can see in a few of these pics, commercial buildings get converted to residential, often semi-legally. Though there is still plenty of industrial and institutional abandonment in Canada.


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I'm no expert on Hamilton, but I'd say it's still a steel town. The industry has lost some of its prominence at the head of the region's economy, but driving across the Skyway Bridge an seeing all the mills puffing smoke and freighters lined up along the pier, you still get a feeling that this is what makes the city tick.

It really is the only place in Canada that has that American Rust-Belt style grit on such a large scale.
It's still a steel town, but now mostly because there are so many people who used to work in the mills, or come from families that depended on the steel industry. It'll take a while for that legacy and character to disappear.

Kind of like Pittsburgh, Hamilton has turned a corner and now the economy is more driven by education, medicine and the associated research.



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Wow Canadian grit, sweet hood. Looks like a socialist version of St. Louis makes
me want to visit. Is it a steel town, or former steel town?

Wow just looked at it on a map, didnt realize it was so freaking close to Niagara, I was just like 25 min away from Hamilton this weekend.
Yeah, you were right next door. If you ever make the trip to Hamilton, send me a pm and I'll let you know some good places to explore. There are lots of great photo opportunities in Hamilton: historic architecture, grit, industrial, weird people, and believe it or not, nature. The Niagara Escarpment runs right through the urban area, providing lots of great lookouts, plus there are something like 100 waterfalls and many miles of trails and conservation area in Hamilton.
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I remember glancing at Hamilton from the Skyway, I'm sure these are not the entire story of the city, but interesting nonetheless. Lively, but very dilapidated: a casualty of globalization surely, and US Steel's nefarious mill-closings. Like Buffalo, but without the racial tension dimension driving to that extra level of localized urban dysfunction and abandonment.

thanks for the pics!
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