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Old August 13th, 2008, 03:41 PM   #241
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The Delta



The Delta is an old streetcar neighbourhood in east-central Hamilton where normally parallel Main and King cross.


























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My favourite signs:
"Chronic Enlightment"
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"Big Portions Good Eats" (which probably went under handing out huge plates of delicious food!
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Old August 13th, 2008, 06:06 PM   #243
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The Delta looks pretty nice. Do a lot of neighborhoods on the east side of Hamilton look kind of like this?

It's interesting how the grid pattern is kept by this streetcar neighborhood. Most streetcar neighborhoods and streetcar suburbs digress from grid patterns a little bit. (Isn't Westdale a streetcar suburb? That would be a good example of not using a strict grid pattern.)

Is there a particular reason why King Street bends around like that? Was it an old Indian trail or something?
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Old August 18th, 2008, 06:13 AM   #244
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The Delta looks pretty nice. Do a lot of neighborhoods on the east side of Hamilton look kind of like this?

It's interesting how the grid pattern is kept by this streetcar neighborhood. Most streetcar neighborhoods and streetcar suburbs digress from grid patterns a little bit. (Isn't Westdale a streetcar suburb? That would be a good example of not using a strict grid pattern.)

Is there a particular reason why King Street bends around like that? Was it an old Indian trail or something?
I don't know East Hamilton well, there are some nice neighbourhoods and some that aren't all that impressive (in terms of architecture and urban fabric). I like the style of houses in The Delta, but newer styles start to emerge as you go east. All of East Hamilton is on a dense road grid, the main commercial streets are Ottawa, Kenilworth, Parkdale running N-S and Barton, Main/Queenston and King running E-W. Once you get out to Parkdale and beyond, the neighbourhoods probably date to the 1940s and 50s and some 60s. I will show Ottawa St, it was considered East Hamilton's "downtown" and seems to date around the 1910s-1920s, now it's the textile district. Kenilworth and Parkdale are both quite rundown with many empty storefronts (especially Kenilworth).


To answer your other questions: Westdale is a streetcar suburb too, and a planned community to boot. I don't know for sure, but I'd bet King St was an old Indian trail. It's definitely old and was there before the area was built up, which is why it winds all over.
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King, Main and Mohawk road were all old Indian trails.
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Old August 21st, 2008, 05:37 AM   #246
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Dundurn Castle (1832)
This 72 room, 18,000 sqare foot regency villa was built for Sir Allan Napier MacNab and is one of Hamilton's best known
attractions. MacNab was a successful businessman, lawyer, politician and war hero who played an important role in
pre-Confederation Canadian history. Today, Dundurn Castle is a National Historic Site and is open to the public for
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Dundurn Castle is amazing. Your interior pictures are great.
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The Incredible Neighbourhoods of Hamilton Index
(links to each tour so far)


Durand

Gibson/Landsdale

Locke South and Kirkendall

Dundas

Westdale

Photo Essay: Twilight of the Industrial Age

Corktown

Stinson

Whitehern

Jamesville

Photo Essay: Heavy Industry

Hess Village

Ancaster

The North End

The Bayfront

The Delta

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I've made an index so the thread is easier to navigate. Patience is required as some pages have a lot of pictures so it may take a minute for the correct tour to show up.

I still have at least twelve more tours ready to go! Next one will be Strathcona.
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Is it just me, or are there a lot of "___dale" neighborhoods in Hamilton and other Ontario cities? Is there any reason why the "dale" suffix was used so much?
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Is it just me, or are there a lot of "___dale" neighborhoods in Hamilton and other Ontario cities? Is there any reason why the "dale" suffix was used so much?
Must be a British thing. I wonder if a city exists that doesn't have a Rosedale? Even the town of 12,000 that I grew up in had a Rosedale, although everyone called it VLA (short for Veteran's Land Act).
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Next tour will be Strathcona...
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I love Dundurn.. it is my favourite house in Canada. A little note- it was built as "Dundurn".. the slightly exaggerative "Castle" was added much much later when
the house became open to the public.
There are a lot of "dales" in Ontario, and it is definitely from the British.


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I've made an index so the thread is easier to navigate. Patience is required as some pages have a lot of pictures so it may take a minute for the correct tour to show up.

I still have at least twelve more tours ready to go! Next one will be Strathcona.
That is one spiffy index. Well done, lad!
I discovered a way to prevent my pages from getting too many photographs... every page flips after 20 entries, so if you split the entries up it avoids those long to download pages.
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Flar, out of curiosity, if you had to pick a few neighborhoods as your favorites, and a few as your least favorites, what would they be?
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That is one spiffy index. Well done, lad!
I discovered a way to prevent my pages from getting too many photographs... every page flips after 20 entries, so if you split the entries up it avoids those long to download pages.
Good idea, I'll have to start doing that.
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Flar, out of curiosity, if you had to pick a few neighborhoods as your favorites, and a few as your least favorites, what would they be?
Which ones I like the most is a tough question...I like most of the neighbourhoods I photograph. Obviously Durand has some spectacular homes. I guess I like places like James North, Kirkendall or Westdale a little more because they are very walkable and have charming older homes and nice commercial streets too. Dundas is more of a community than a neighbourhood, but it's where I currently live and I really like it. Dundas is probably one of the nicest towns in Ontario (beautiful healthy downtown and amazing old homes) but all the better because it's right within Hamilton.

The neighbourhoods that I don't photograph are the ones I like the least, they're generally newer neighbourhoods and I don't care much for suburban areas, which aren't really neighbourhoods in the same sense that the ones pictured here are. I even like the gritty old neighbourhoods, they have a lot of character and community and remind me of my working class background. In contrast, I find places like Ancaster and Burlington to be too uptight, sterile and phony (just my opinion, they might be great places for others).
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Site of the first Tim Horton's on Ottawa St. It looks a lot like the other 3000





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Never did timbits in there. Used to study for hours in the one located on King St., Westdale, named by me and some study companions as Room 00.
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Some of my family settled around Dundas when they immigrated around 1870. Guelph, too...
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Dundas seems to have a lot of people of English background, a lot of loyalists I think.
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