Downtown Hamilton – ON THE CUSP

ON THE CUSP: We have been talking about the potential of Downtown Hamilton for years. What do we need to do today to realize it?   Wednesday, May 2, 2012, 7:00PM Hamilton Wentworth District School Board Building Auditorium 100 Main Street West at Bay Ken Greenberg, architect, urban designer and recognized expert in the rejuvenation of downtowns, waterfronts, and neighbourhoods will present an illustrated lecture from his recent experience helping cities revitalize their downtown core. Cities as diverse as Toronto, Hartford, Amsterdam, New York, Boston, Montréal, Washington DC, Paris, Detroit, Saint Paul and San Juan Puerto Rico have benefited from his advocacy and passion for restoring the vitality, relevance and sustainability of the public realm in urban life. Mr. Greenberg will be joined by local developer Jeff Paikin, past executive director of the International Village BIA Mary Pocius, Hamilton Community Foundation President & CEO Terry Cooke, and writer/architect Lloyd Alter. The panel will discuss the recent positive change in downtown Hamilton and the change they see is needed to revitalize our downtown by answering the question: What do we need to do today as citizens, business and government to ensure our city will reach its potential by 2026? What happens if we don’t? Presented by: The Hamilton and Burlington Society of Architects. For more information see:...

Poetry in the Park

Spring 2012 poetry Launch Hamilton Having trouble finding the time to celebrate Poetry Month this month? Well, then why not mark your calendar for the first week of May instead? A reminder about an upcoming event co-sponsored by the Strathcona Community Council. Poetry in the Park will feature the launch of four Wolsak and Wynn titles, Catalysts: Confrontations with the muse, by Vancouver poet Catherine Owen, We, Beasts, by Montreal poet Oana Avasilichioaei, Floating Life, by Toronto poet Moez Surani and Naked Trees, by Strathcona’s own John Terpstra. The event will take place on May 3rd, at 7:30 at Victoria Park, next to the tennis courts. A reception will be held afterwards at The Staircase, 27 Dundurn Street North (Note – if the weather chooses not to cooperate that evening the entire event will be shifted to the Staircase Theatre). Hope to see you all...

Celebrate Local Authors @ Locke Library!

Trevor Smith – Adult Fiction Thursday, April 19, 2 pm Locke Library has booked a series of local author readings for 2012. Once a month, one of our local authors will read from their work and answer questions from the audience. Most of the authors write for adult audiences but there are three children’s authors coming as well. Please invite your friends – everyone is welcome! No registration is necessary, just a love of good books – which our neighbourhood has in...

Earth Day Tree Planting Festival

April 21, 2012, 11 am to 3 pm Princess Point (Cootes Paradise) foot of Longwood Rd. N. Live music with Harrison Kennedy, Alfie Smith, Fred Magie, Dawn & Marra, Kim Koren and Chris & Christa, bbq, horse & wagon rides, birds of prey show, catch-a-carp Fishway Demos, drum circle, Rain Barrel Painting & Sale visit www.rainbarrel.ca, Waterfront Train Trolley, planting trees, and more!  Free, with free shuttle between Bayfront Park, Princess Point Park. Visit http://earthdayhamilton.ca/2011/events/tree-planting/ for more...

Public meeting re Tom Street Park redevelopment – April 18, 6:30 pm

Tom Street Park – Redevelopment Invitation for Public Consultation Wednesday, April 18, 2012 from 6:30-9:00 PM, formal presentation at 7 pm Erskine Presbyterian Church, 19 Pearl Street North Tom Street Park is an existing parkette, 0.1 hectares (0.3 acres) in size, located at the intersection of Tom Street and Breadalbane Street.  The parkette is adjacent to an existing open space area. City of Hamilton Staff will make a formal presentation at 7:00 PM which will outline the existing conditions on site followed by open discussion with all participants. We want your feedback! This is your opportunity to help shape the design of the park!  Please join us at the meeting noted above to take part in the public consultation process or alternatively use the contact information below if you have any questions or concerns. The project website is posted at http://www.hamilton.ca/LAS – click on the Tom Street Park link locagted in the menu on the left. Staff Contact: Meghan Stewart Landscape Architect Landscape Architectural Services, Public Works Department City of Hamilton (t)  905-546-2424, ext. 5653 (f)  905-546-4515...

Longwood Road – Environmental Assessment (EA) Public Meeting (PIC)

What: Longwood Road – Environmental Assessment (EA) Public Meeting (PIC) Date: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 Time: 6 to 8 p.m. – Open House format. Location: McMaster Innovation Park, 175 Longwood Road South, Room 1BCD, Hamilton The City of Hamilton has initiated a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) for Longwood Road (between Main West and Aberdeen Ave.) to address the long term needs. The long term needs identified in the 2006 Kirkendall Transportation Study were to provide a 4-lane cross-section on Longwood Road, with the provision of sidewalks and bicycle lanes on both sides, and to provide a 3-lane cross section on the Longwood Road Bridge over Highway 403. This EA will confirm or revise the need and justification for improvements to Longwood Road within the study area, and will review alternatives, such as a conventional intersection or roundabout for the Longwood Road and Aberdeen Road intersection, alternatives over Highway 403, and alternatives for pedestrians and cyclists. The purpose of this study is to develop and assess design alternatives that address the identified transportation issues for this road. This PIC is to review the project and present the preferred design alternatives. See http://www.brianmchattie.ca/download.php?id=174 for the notice and study area...