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The war on the Squatters, 1920-1940: Hamilton's Boathouse Community and the Re-Creation of Recreation on Burlington Bay. (Articles).

Labour/Le Travail 2003, Spring

Labour/Le Travail

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WORKING-CLASS HAMILTONIANS responded to a local housing crisis by creating a boathouse community along the shoreline of Burlington Bay and Dundas Marsh. Leasing or simply squatting the land, they enjoyed access to good fishing and hunting, a clean place to live, and seclusion from the gaze of local police. The notorious reputation of a nearby hotel, the presence of transients in the area, and rough elements of working-class recreation, however, made the community a prime target for urban reformers. They saw it as an unsightly problem, standing in the way of their plans to create an aesthetically-pleasing, moral, and orderly city. The "war on the squatters" shows the ways in which urban planners, conservationists, and moral reformers sought to reshape the human and natural environment of the bay, often at the expense of working people. Residents who had enjoyed resource and recreational advantages of living on the margins ofHamilton society paid the price poli itically when reformers contested their use of the area's natural resources. Although they won limited sympathy, they did not have the economic, legal, or political resources to fight those who saw their community as an aesthetic and moral blot on Hamilton's waterfront. LES HAMILTONIENS DE LA CLASSE OUVRIERE ont repondu a une crise du logement local en creant une communaute de remise bateaux le long du rivage de Ia baie Burlington et du marais Dundas. Louer ou simplement squatter sur le terrain, ils se regalaient d'avoir acces a la peche et a la chasse, d'avoir un endroit propre a habiter et d'etre isoles du regard meprisant de la police locale. Le fait notoire d'un hotel proximite immediate, la presence des gens de passage dans la region, ainsi que les elements bruts de la creation de la classe ouvriere, ont, toutefois, fait de la communaute une cible de choix pour les reformateurs urbains. Ces demiers la voyaient comme un probleme esthetique, un obstacle a leurs plans de creer une ville plaisante, morale et bien rangee. La [much less than] guerre sur les squatters [much greater than] indique la facon dont les planificateurs urbains, les conservationnistes, et les reformateurs moralistes ont cherche reorganiser l'environnement humain et naturel de la baie, souvent au detrim ent des travailleuses et travailleurs. Les residents qui ont beneficie des ressources et de la recreation en vivant sur les marges de la societe de Hamilton ont pays le prix politiquement quand les reformateurs ont conteste leur utilisation des ressources naturelles de la region. Bien qu'ils aient gagne un peu de sympathie, ils n'avaient pas les ressources economiques, juridiques ou politiques pour se battre contre ceux qui voyaient leur communaute comme un coin inesthetique et immoral sur les bords de l'eau a Hamilton.

The war on the Squatters, 1920-1940: Hamilton's Boathouse Community and the Re-Creation of Recreation on Burlington Bay. (Articles).
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  • Category: Business & Personal Finance
  • Published: 22 March 2003
  • Publisher: Canadian Committee on Labour History
  • Print Length: 64 Pages
  • Language: English
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