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Old October 15th, 2008, 05:20 AM   #381
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Cool pictures, cool thread! I have to say that Hamilton looks a LOT like Buffalo, but with bricks instead of wood.
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Old October 15th, 2008, 03:19 PM   #382
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what beautiful photos. I like your city very much. Apart from the last set, it looks very lush green
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Old October 15th, 2008, 07:00 PM   #383
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The Barton Street set was a real challenge. I had to keep popping out for a breath of fresh air. There is such an air of hopelessness to much of Barton Street. Quite depressing actually. Thanks for showing an area which I know I will never visit unless forced to.
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Old October 15th, 2008, 07:07 PM   #384
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Reminds me of a scene from some mafia movie set in New Jersey. What's with Hamilton and big flashy 1970's Lincoln Town Cars or Cadillac de Ville's? I've never seen so many pimped out 70's cars anywhere else. It's classic Hamilton. Every cliche magnified, but in a time warp.

I'm definitely going to try and make it back there before fall ends.
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Reminds me of a seen from some mafia movie set in New Jersey. What's with Hamilton and big flashy 1970's Lincoln Town Cars or Cadillac de Ville's? I've never seen so many pimped out 70's cars anywhere else. It's classic Hamilton. Even cliche magnified and in a time warp.
Perhaps Hamilton will become the new Havana.
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Old October 16th, 2008, 06:13 AM   #386
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I see tons of older cars in Hamilton, here are a few where I had my camera with me:
























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Old October 16th, 2008, 06:28 AM   #387
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That's fabulous. It's almost surreal.

Anyone watch Goodfellas, or Casino? I almost expect to find Joe Pesci dead in the trunk from multiple stab wounds and a plastic bag over his head.
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That's fabulous. It's almost surreal.

Anyone watch Goodfellas, or Casino? I almost expect to find Joe Pesci dead in the trunk from multiple stab wounds and a plastic bag over his head.


There are a lot of people in Hamilton who haven't changed their style since the 60s or 70s either. This actually makes for a good segue to the next photo set, some mid century modernism. Hamilton is full of that too, much of it with the original decor inside.
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Old October 16th, 2008, 06:39 PM   #389
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Old October 16th, 2008, 07:46 PM   #397
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You've captured a wonderful slice of our 50's and 60's heritage, and I do hope these buildings are not all bulldozed to make way for new-and-improved ones.
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I know! Many people look at this stuff and think it's ugly or unpleasant. I hope it all gets saved, spruced up, and looked at in a positive light. Large parts of Hamilton are a 'living museum' and a priceless concentration of Canadiana.

I even hope they save those cars, refurbish them, and Hamilton becomes known as a city to go to for 1970's car lovers. Hamilton needs to realize what a huge opportunity this is. Because Hamilton suffered the fate of many rust belt cities and declined or stagnated, so much of it still remains intact. It looks much the same as it did 40 years ago.

The difference here is that Hamilton is prospering and growing again. There's a danger that it will be lost as new developments start to occur. Some of these buildings and features are as cool as you might find in South Beach, Florida. That building car port is awesome! So, are these:





This stuff just needs a face lift and some money invested; not a wrecking ball.
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Old October 16th, 2008, 08:54 PM   #399
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[QUOTE=isaidso;26687638] I even hope they save those cars, refurbish them, and Hamilton becomes known as a city to go to for 1970's car lovers. Hamilton needs to realize what a huge opportunity this is. Because Hamilton suffered the fate of many rust belt cities and declined or stagnated, so much of it still remains intact. It looks much the same as it did 40 years ago.
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I agree isaidso, but unfortunately successive Hamilton governments have been unable to grasp this unique heritage aspect of Hamilton and instead have embraced the "let's have more parking lots and strip malls on major streets" philosophy. But that aside, the side streets are a treasure trove of architectural styles that hint at what Hamilton once was.
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Like Jaborandi, I don't count on anything being preserved in Hamilton. The government and much of the citizenry of Hamilton are completely oblivious about the value of Hamilton's architecture and built form.

Case in point: Hamilton City Hall, built 1957, currently under renovation. Hamilton's City Hall is recognized as one of Canada's finest examples of the International Style and has a heritage designation. It's been fenced off for three years while various renovation plans have stopped and started. Demolition was on the table as late as this past spring, even after renovations had started. Now city council is recommending replacing City Hall's marble cladding with preformed concrete in order to save a measly $4-5 million. This is just one example of the spectacular incompetence of Hamilton's city government.

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