Hamilton, goes under several names. Hamont, the waterfall capital, the hammer, you know, the typical. Yet despite these flashy titles, Hamilton remains the city, still viewed in a negative light - still perceived as the city “in need of fixing”, the ghetto city, the sketchy city, the city past its prime.
Yet, many people don’t know that Hamilton wasn’t always viewed that way. It was a city once imagined as the industrious city, the lunch bucket city, the city once defined by hard work and grit.
Hamont, the city, once reliant on and comprised of blue collared workers – citizens who simply wanted to make an honest living to support their families, generously giving back to the local community such that everyone would thrive. Hamilton found pride in hard work, Hamilton, at its core, was a city which depended on its citizens and where it's citizens depended on the city.
While Hamilton is far past its industrious city days, Hamilton is far from just being sketchy or ghetto. You see, a city is nothing without its people, so when individuals cast negative judgments upon the city, it brings into question, how do they view the city's communities, and the people who call this city home.
Through my experiences in Hamilton, my interactions and conversations with its citizens, I realized the city, its inhabitant and youth alike all have so much to offer. They have so much potential, all of which has yet to be realized. The communities are comprised of humans just like you and I, pushing against all odds, withstanding and enduring hardships which would usually cause the average person to crack under the pressure. The resilience which exists in the communities of Hamilton alone is enough reason for the collective, to fight for and support unconditionally. This is why The Ohana Project exists, and this is why The Ohana Project is committed to the city.
"Hamilton is family, but this family should be able to call the city home"