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PEDTalk: Creating Hamilton’s Industrial Bayfront


Monday, May 01, 2017


David Braley Health Sciences Centre
100 Main St W
Auditorium - 2032
Hamilton, ON L8P 1H6

Creating Hamilton’s Industrial Bayfront

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Hamilton’s Bayfront is the city’s largest industrial area and a major revitalization opportunity. With the changes in the steel industry and in the manufacturing landscape, the Bayfront represents a significant city-building opportunity within the broader Hamilton and Greater Toronto Area.

In the early 20th century, Hamilton’s civic leaders expanded their city’s boundaries, annexing about 300 hectares of land from the township of Barton east of Wentworth Street. In doing so, they made a very deliberate decision to retain the township’s rural tax rates, which were about a third of those in the city of Hamilton.

In this PEDTalk, we trace the development of the “manufacturing district” that emerged in the decades that followed, a mix of heavy and light industry as well as working class neighbourhoods. We consider the challenges faced by Hamilton’s civic boosters over those decades as they sought to build liveable communities, ones that would avoid the blight that they associated with other industrial cities.

This talk will also provide an opportunity to learn about the City of Hamilton’s Bayfront Industrial Strategy. Planning and Economic Development staff will join the keynote speakers to introduce the comprehensive work that the City is undertaking to guide future improvements, investments and redevelopment of this important employment area.

The Bayfront Strategy will contain short, medium and long-term visions and actions to position Hamilton’s oldest industrial area for a future of continuing productivity and investment.

Featured Speakers

At McMaster University, Nancy B. Bouchier is Professor of History and an Associate Member of Kinesiology; Ken Cruikshank is Professor of History and Dean of Humanities. They have translated their historical research on Hamilton Harbour into numerous community talks, a museum display at the Workers Arts and Heritage Centre, an educational DVD, field trips, scholarly articles, and a book, The People and the Bay: A Social and Environmental History of Hamilton Harbour (2016). Their community engagement earned Ken and Nancy a Special Recognition Award from the Bay Area Restoration Council.

What Is PEDTalks?

PEDTalks are free public events that will bring together citizens, business leaders, PED staff and other city builders to share ideas and insights about Hamilton’s future growth and development.

To stay informed of upcoming PEDTalks, contact Ann.Lamanes@hamilton.ca or follow GM Jason Thorne on Twitter. You can also follow the discussion on Twitter with the #PEDTalks hashtag.