Boom, Bust, and a Double-Sided Bohemian Renaissance
From: Shift Change
This chapter surveys some of the attempts to develop and revitalize Hamilton’s downtown core. Although the initial efforts were unsuccessful, a few optimists valiantly plotted Hamilton’s comeback. Key to this comeback was the Labourers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA)’s purchase of an old CN railway station, which was then converted into a convention centre. Meanwhile, inexpensive real estate and new arrivals combined to create a thriving underground arts and culture scene, which raised concerns around gentrification.
Stephen Dale is the author of four previous non-fiction books exploring issues ranging from the rise of the media-based environmental politics of Greenpeace; the impacts of suburban culture on politics in Canada and the United States; and the role of youth-focused propaganda in creating support for the bloodbath that was the First World War. He's been a freelance contributor to leading Canadian and international publications, was Canadian correspondent for InterPress Service news agency, and has created numerous radio documentaries for the CBC. He lives in Ottawa, Ontario.