It was once an industrial powerhouse, earning nick-names like "Steel Town" or "Lunch-Bucket City". Hamilton was the cradle of Canada's labour movement: a gritty, working-class town defined by steel-making. Now most of the jobs in steel are gone. IDEAS producer Mary O'Connell looks at how a city forges a new identity and a new economic dream.
All photographs are copyright and appear courtesy of Hamilton photographer Reg Beaudry
In the Shadow of Steel Image Gallery
Participants in the show:Richey Piparinen
, writer/blogger on the Rustbelt. Christopher Hume
, Architecture critic, Urban Affairs columnist, Toronto Star.Tom Wilson
, musician, painter, illustratorTom Murphy
, former mayor of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.Andrew Louchheed
, Labour Arts Co-ordinator, Workers Arts & Heritage CentreDavid Carter
, executive director of The Innovation Factory
.Dr. Parminder Raina
, principal investigator with the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging.Related WebsitesGood' Hoods - Hamilton MagazineRaise the HammerUrbanicity
- Hamilton's Premiere Urban MagazineHamilton HiveThe Long Now Foundation
- Seminars About Long-term ThinkingBelt Magazine
- online magazine about Cleveland and the Rust Belt.