Ten years ago, this city’s powerful and the poor sat down and agreed to tackle poverty together. The needle has twitched some, but it hasn’t really moved. But those committed to poverty reduction are in it for the long haul. And they insist the groundwork has been laid.
The Spectator has launched a seven-part series into how poverty has — and has not — changed in Hamilton.
Part One (Oct. 24)
Poverty reduction: The long game | New analysis shows that over the past 40 years many middle-class Hamilton neighbourhoods are now low-income areas, while very few low-income neighbourhoods have been renewed enough to rise to middle-income levels. See the interactive graphic.
Paths out of poverty: Refugees in Hamilton | A little over 10 years ago, two men fled the corruption, chaos and horrific violence of their respective homelands and arrived in Hamilton, penniless and hopeful.
7 ways the Roundtable earned its keep and made the city proud | Here are seven anti-poverty initiatives that owe a large part of their DNA to the silo-busting, sector-energizing power of the HRPR. Some are broad and long-range, others immediate and tightly focused. All are evidence of the city’s heart.
Local poverty picture blurred by lack of data | How the end of the long form census left local planners half blind.
Part two (Oct. 26)
Affordable housing: If boom means bust | Gentrification is changing the inner city and the real estate market is booming. But what about those who aren’t riding the wave of affluence?
Part three (Oct. 27)
The new economy: Precarious and insecure | More than 30 per cent of Hamiltonians have precarious employment. In the span of roughly one generation, 25,000 manufacturing jobs were lost.
Part four (Oct. 28)
Neighbourhood inequality: A city divided | Despite Hamilton’s economic comeback, an affordable housing crisis is looming — the consequence of an extremely low vacancy rate and inflating property values and rents.
Part five (Oct. 29)
Neighbourhood in transition: Beasley then and now | Signs of new development. “People are taking pride in the neighbourhood now.”
Bringing the vibe to Barton | A look at one of the businesses revitalizing the Beasley neighbourhood
Part six (Oct. 30)
Poverty and youth: Violence stirs a city | A recent string of shootings and homicides is fuelling a drive for solutions.
A mother’s hopes, a son’s success | Ursula Samuels has raised her son Eggerton alone and in poverty but together they’ve found their place in the city.
Part seven (Oct. 31)
The new prosperity: Hope has taken root | But hamilton is a city that’s becoming more and more polarized between the rich and the poor.
Article and image source: The Hamilton Spectator