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Old November 26th, 2008, 09:55 PM   #481
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BEASLEY




Beasley is one of Hamilton's original neighbourhoods (the others are Corktown, Central and Durand). It is located
northeast of downtown Hamilton. A large chunk of downtown Hamilton is technically in Beasley, but this tour
focuses on "Beasley the neighbourhood" which is quite distinct and separate from downtown.

Beasley is the poorest neighbourhood in Hamilton and one of the poorest in Canada, with an average per capita
annual income of just $6,226. With it's cheap rents, the neighbourhood is home to a large transient population
and also a large population of immigrants. In 2006, the Hamilton Spectator ran a four part series on Beasley,
highlighting the neighbourhood's problems. Many considered the Spectator articles exploitative and overly negative.
As you will see in the photos, Beasley is a diverse neighbourhood with both good things and bad things, and a wide
variety of people. Nevertheless, the neighbourhood does suffer from a litany of social problems. Several of the
residents that I spoke with while taking photographs refered to Beasley as "crack central." Drugs, poverty,
homeless shelters and soup kitchens are central features of Beasley. Some of the people you see in Beasley
are stark reminders that our society creates both winners and losers.

Here are two different viewpoints on Beasley:

Beasley: Portrait of a neighbourhood - This isn't Mr. Rogers' neighbourhood
http://www.thespec.com/article/262185

It's a Beautiful Day in My Neighbourhood
http://www.viewmag.com/printer.php?storyid=3829
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Old November 26th, 2008, 09:56 PM   #483
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A sea of parking lots separates the residential section of Beasley from downtown. It's sad to think of how many
buildings were demolished. I can only speculate, but I believe that there were once many large industrial/warehouse
type buildings in this area:


Some remain:


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There are a number of highrise apartments in Beasley, but not nearly as many as in other downtown neighbourhoods.
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Quite a few rowhouses remain in Beasley:








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Multilane one-way roads only add to the neighbourhood's woes.




This house was built in 1845


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There happened to be a murder the same day I was taking the pictures. It would be a mistake to think the area is
dangerous based on this. This was Hamilton's sixth murder this year. Last year Hamilton had the lowest homicide
rate of Canadian cities over 500,000.








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So many parking lots!


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There is a prison here:






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Old November 26th, 2008, 10:00 PM   #490
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A former industrial site:








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One of my favourite rows in Hamilton. Another reminder that Beasley is not all poor.




Alleys like this are found throughout Beasley.




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Nice pictures once again. Where's the Central neighborhood?
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this thread is a winner.
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Old November 27th, 2008, 06:44 PM   #496
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Flar has taught us so much about Hamilton.. I just hope he never runs out of photos!
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Old November 28th, 2008, 12:58 AM   #497
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This is one of those threads that followed an entire path of a whole single theme, pure good stuff, a little institution of Urban Showcase. There is no doubt this would be a shame to see it go.

Flar thank you for the trip and hope-definitely willing- to see more essays of your authority.
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Thanks for these interesting photos!
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Very nice pics flar
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Thanks! Still more to come...
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