Surely somewhere in the planning of
the future city, there’s room for a bit
of green, of open space and lush
foliage where people can walk and
sit and get away from the concrete
of downtown. We hope so, anyway.
-Pardon My Lunch Bucket 1971
I bought the book Pardon My Lunch Bucket from Mixed Media about a year ago. It’s a book published about Hamilton’s past and future for the 125th anniversary of the incorporated city. The foreward is written by Victor K. Copps -the mayor of Hamilton at the time (1962-1976) and father of politician Sheila Copps. This is what he writes about the changing face of Hamilton:
“Let the detractors call us a lunch-bucket town. All I ask it that they come to the new Hamilton and have a look around at what we’ve done in the last few years. Let them see the massive projects like the Lloyd D. Jackson Square on its way up.”
Oh what I wouldn’t give to go back in time to prevent the building of Jackson Square. The buildings that stood where Jackson now stands were of historical beauty, and were the heart and core of the city. Victor Copps in his foreward talks about the changes that are coming to Hamilton: the rediscovering of our city, and seeing new things that didn’t exist here before. I can’t help but smile at the thought that 40 years later this holds true for me. I am rediscovering Hamilton, and am loving all the new things that are popping up that didn’t exist here before.
The illustrations above are of the future vision of Hamiton in the year 2000. Highrises with hydrofoil water taxis.
*Pardon My Lunch Bucket, text by David Proulx, design by Joe Urban
*Mixed Media, 154 James St. north, Hamilton