Book cover: Reclaiming Hamilton, edited by Paul Weinberg

Reclaiming Hamilton: Essays from the New Ambitious City

Paul Weinberg
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300 pages | ISBN 978-1-989496-00-8

Hamilton has been called many things over the years, some positive – the Ambitious City, Steeltown – some not so much – the armpit of Ontario. But the city has endured it all and continues on, undaunted. In this wide-ranging collection of essays editor Paul Weinberg has collected many of the stories that have made up Hamilton's latest rising. From lost neighbourhoods to the environmental battle over the Red Hill Valley Parkway, from the rise of citizen journalism to the birth and impact of the James Street North Art Crawl, from the continual fight for inclusion to the new fight against gentrification, Reclaiming Hamilton looks at how this complex, storied city is reinventing itself right now.

List of Contributors

Freelance editor Kerry Le Clair, novelist Matthew Bin, McMaster professor Nancy Bouchier, journalist Joey Coleman, McMaster professor Ken Cruikshank, urban planner Rob Fiedler, Raise the Hammer editor Ryan McGreal, anthropologist Kevin McKay, culture journalist Seema Nerula, freelance writer Jessica Rose, community historian Shawn Selway, columnist Margaret Shkimba, McMaster professor Sarah Wayland and freelance writer Paul Weinberg.


A city reinvents itself (Paul Weinberg, Hamilton Jewish News, October 2020)
Paul shares an excerpt from the introduction to Reclaiming Hamilton.

About the Editor

Paul Weinberg is a veteran journalist and freelance writer whose work has appeared in a wide range of newspapers, magazines and websites including the Globe and Mail, the Monitor (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives), Canada's History,, Inter Press Service, NOW, Eye magazine, Metropolis, LobeLog and Quest. He is also working on a forthcoming book on the anti-poverty movement of the 1960s. He lives in Hamilton, Ontario.

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