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The Flip Side of Urban Sprawl

Preserving Hamilton’s rural character needs to be a high priority for economic and environmental reasons. When we usually talk about city development and sustainability, too often we focus on the urban part of our city. We discuss how neighbourhoods are developing, where housing is being built, opportunities for…
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Rediscovering the 15-minute city

It isn’t a new concept but it’s a chance to refocus on what makes a city a walkable, livable and sustainable community for everyone. The concept of the 15-minute city is a hot discussion of late, primarily because of misinformation surrounding what it means. Nothing illustrates this…
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Growing up, not out

Hamilton has chosen to grow without urban sprawl. Here’s how we can do it, says urban planner Paul Shaker. The historic decision to not expand Hamilton’s urban boundary didn’t come easily. It took months and months of debate that included intense lobbying from the development industry as well…
Made in Hamilton

Back to the Future

 As urban planner Paul Shaker explains, Hamilton neighbourhoods have always been at the forefront of change and innovation. It’s time we learn from that legacy. It’s not hyperbole to suggest that the soul of Hamilton can be found on the streets of its vibrant neighbourhoods. Some of these…