Revitalizing the Hammer, Samuel Colman
This project explores the how downtown Hamilton, ON is beginning to be transformed and revitalized as urban centres are viewed more importantly in-regards to livability, combatting climate change and economic success of a region
Hamilton has been an industrial city for over 150 years. In the early 1800’s canal was dug through Burlington beach to open up Hamilton Harbour to the great lakes, cementing itself as a significant port city. It has been known for its textile production, heavy manufacturing and steelmaking. A struggling manufacturing sector, the age of suburbia, and new expressways opening up the mountain led to an exodus of Hamilton’s downtown core in the 1950s and 1960s similar to many large cities.Known for being resilient, Hamilton refused to become a decaying depopulated city like many of its American rust belt counterparts. It has started to diversify its economy into the health and life sciences, technology, education and a growing art scene. These new industries have brought demand to be centrally located around transit leading to the coming boom in the city’s downtown.