Rust-belt cities often conjure an image of decay and decline, but beneath those easy impressions there is something richer: places that are still very much alive. To see this richness requires an intimacy with a city’s cracks and corners, which reg Beaudry brings to his photographs of Hamilton, Ontario. Beaudry moved to Hamilton as a child, and although he has travelled the country, he has always found himself drawn back to what he calls a city with a “brilliant past and a burgeoning present.” His photographs capture Hamilton’s hard beauty, especially the lower city where it all began, and reveal a raw energy that challenges any assumptions of retreat.


James St. North


Beach Strip


Ivor Wynne Stadium


Steel Town


The inner workings of government
Keep track of who’s doing what to get federal policy made. In The Functionary.
The Functionary
Our newsletter about the public service. Nominated for a Digital Publishing Award.

Skyway Bridge


Juravinski Hospital


North End Steel




Photo: Shutterstock by SF photo

Reg Beaudry is the creator, editor and design master of urbanicity magazine (https://

You are welcome to republish this Policy Options article online or in print periodicals, under a Creative Commons/No Derivatives licence.

Creative Commons License