Sunday, 4 October 2015

winter is coming as is urban sprawl

A cold and windy Saturday at the fair grounds was a stark reminder of the cold and windy days ahead, wind that blows hard across the farm lands surrounding the fair grounds and our little home across the road at ojo eat local.

But urban sprawl is upon us and is encroaching ever quicker.  Wilson Street remains crock a block with dozers and truckers and signs and road work, big box stores being built around crumbling historical buildings. 

The silver lining is the encroaching urban blight will shield the winds that race across the farmlands.

The west end of Ancaster is fast becoming the next Meadowlands, and we all sit and watch it happen, some with excited anticipation of being able to shop ever more convenient to stores that offer deep discounts on clothes and goods produced by hard labor in distant continents, and some with a solemn sadness that denotes and end to an era.

The business park is earmarked for expansion

https://www.hamilton.ca/sites/default/files/media/browser/2015-06-10/employment-land-ancaster-business-park-2012.pdf
As is Wilson Street

http://www.hamilton.ca/city-planning/planning-community/ancaster-wilson-street
and the West End has it's own secondary plan

http://www.hamilton.ca/sites/default/files/media/browser/2015-01-15/urbanhamiltonofficialplan-volume2-chapterb2-ancastersecondaryplans.pdf
that's a lot of talk about a little slice of Ancaster, reminiscent of the days when the Meadowlands was just a developers dream come true

An interesting read that depicts the history of the Meadowlands was recently submitted as a thesis by Ancaster local Jeremy Parsons abstract and link below - take a moment give a read.

https://macsphere.mcmaster.ca/bitstream/11375/18291/2/parsons_jeremy_e_201509_MA.pdf

In an age of increasing urbanization, rural communities and agricultural lifestyles are quickly disappearing. Many local, pastoral histories have been buried under the new narratives of modern suburban development. Do such places, located along the rural-urban fringe, contain accounts worth memorializing? This thesis is a case study of the Ancaster Meadowlands—a growing neighbourhood within the City of Hamilton, Ontario. It explores the process of suburban growth and uncovers the local history of a landscape. As a narrative, the study traces land-use change over time, displaying the area’s evolution from a site of Neolithic settlement, to an important Loyalist village, and finally to a large suburban neighbourhood with commercial and residential components. Three principal methods are employed: resident interviewing, key informant interviewing, and archival research. Themes elicited in this study include land-use conflict, NIMBYism, real-estate volatility, and the interconnectedness of politicians and developers. Given that there are few case studies of contemporary suburban development, this study provides a rare illustration of the multi-faceted process of expansion around a Canadian city while also supplying a historical account of local importance.

https://macsphere.mcmaster.ca/bitstream/11375/18291/2/parsons_jeremy_e_201509_MA.pdf