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Introducing our new Collaborative Studio in Hamilton

We are delighted to announce Urban Strategies’ new Collaborative Studio in Hamilton, Ontario. With twenty years of experience collaborating with the City on many formative strategies for the downtown and the waterfront, our team is thrilled to be back in Hamilton a city in the midst of its renaissance. Urban Strategies will be sharing a downtown storefront space at 66 James Street North with long-time project partners. Read more about our history of city-building work in Hamilton here. 

“Hamilton’s renewal offers some great lessons to other North American industrial cities”, says Partner Melanie Hare, who has led much of the firm’s work in Hamilton, Niagara, and Buffalo. “It has amazing energy around change and city-building, both from a policy and investment point of view, which reflect the city’s creative, resilient spirit.”

“We were looking for an opportunity to test out a new model for how we work — not only with clients, but our consultant colleagues. A downtown storefront on James Street North will allow us to embed ourselves in the urban fabric we value so much. We plan to collaborate with the community to explore pressing urban issues such as housing affordability and “smart cities” technology,” comments Partner Eric Turcotte. Eric is the President of the Canadian Council for Urbanism (CANU), which is holding its annual conference in Hamilton November 6-9, 2019.

Senior Associate Josh Neubauer says, “I love living in Hamilton, and now I’m excited to have even more time on the ground working here. There’s so much city-building energy here now, and it’s building on a long history of creativity and pride in the city.”

Our Collaborative Studio officially opens on Oct. 29, 2019, when we will host the “Everything Hamilton” Pecha Kucha, presented by the City’s Director of Economic Development, during ULI Toronto / Invest in Hamilton’s Stranger Things Hamilton summit.