Although Hamilton has already been featured in the project back in May, that was the lovely undergoing extensive restoration downtown. But Hamilton is more than that, there’s a real gritty side to the city, on the other side of the tracks. Hamilton is an industrial town, it was built on the steel industry. And from what I’ve shared from Gary, IN, steel took a big hit, and cities built on it also took the hit. Although Hamilton has bounced back much more than Gary, there’s still evidence. Ottawa Street is not as bad as some other areas that I had actually planned to photograph, but a sudden need to run to a camera shop changed the plan and I photographed Ottawa Street. The street is well known by the locals as the place to get fabrics, and while there are still many and various fabric stores, there are also antique stores, junk shops, and empty store fronts as well. The weather really sucked, cold, wet, raining (sometimes pretty hard), but I simply wrapped my ’52 army great coat around me tighter and kept on going.