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Old October 9th, 2008, 05:56 PM   #361
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That horizontal element is very strange... I am thinking it was added as a structural member to support the decorative columns. Always love seeing your pics of the Hammer, Flar!
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Old October 12th, 2008, 06:56 AM   #362
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Great pictures. Keep them coming.
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Old October 14th, 2008, 05:09 PM   #363
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BARTON STREET

This is an in-depth tour of Hamilton's Barton St. from Bay St. to Parkdale Ave. This might well be the grittiest stretch of road in Canada. I think Barton has always had a bit of a seedy reputation but it was once a thriving retail street nonetheless. It has suffered many blows over the years as the surrounding neighbourhoods fell into poverty and the trolley that ran up and down Barton was replaced with buses in 1996. The present state of Barton St. is unfortunate but it has nowhere to go but up. These shots were taken in November of 2006.


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Old October 14th, 2008, 05:10 PM   #364
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It starts off innocently...





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We arrive at James Street













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Old October 14th, 2008, 05:12 PM   #366
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This is a prison



really, it is



This is across the street

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I'm not exactly sure what this woman was doing, but she had no pants...




Construction...


...former industrial lands...



...an old school

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Old October 14th, 2008, 05:14 PM   #368
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While I was taking this picture, right beside me, two men handed a prostitute some crack. I would have photographed it for you, but the men objected.






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Now to Barton Village.











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A practitioner of the oldest profession...









I would like to have taken more people pictures, but the people around here mostly objected before I even tried. A few asked me what I was doing taking pictures. They're justifiably suspicious about this kind of attention.
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Old October 14th, 2008, 05:16 PM   #372
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Now we're around Wentworth Street

















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The cops were chasing someone down the alley









A quick look down a residential side street






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Another sidestreet








Sherman Ave.
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Now we're entering a Polish area, just east of Sherman Ave.

























Still going...


















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Old October 14th, 2008, 05:19 PM   #376
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The buildings aren't quite as old now as we approach Ottawa Street



























We finally reach Ottawa Street



The Centre Mall occupies the north side of the street, I didn't take many pictures of this, I trust you've all seen a mall before


















At Kenilworth Ave.











Barton street continues for much further, but becomes much less interesting...
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More great urban shots. You give us a feel of the different 'hoods of the city.
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Old October 14th, 2008, 07:14 PM   #378
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Very interesting pics - Thanks for showing those pics
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Reminds me of Pittsburgh and Detroit.
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Barton Street looks EXACTLY like the rural, run-down boroughs dotted throughout Pennsylvania. The tacky mom-and-pop businesses, the various shades of browns and olive greens, and the wealth of ugly-and-nondescript-yet-not-suburban-hell buildings are just what I see in the countless Pennsylvania places that I have been in.
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