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History of the City of Hamilton
The Steel Industry
The iron and steel industry has been the driving force in Hamilton's economy throughout the twentieth century. Today, Hamilton is still the largest steel-producing centre in Canada, but its dominance in the industry appears to be declining. "Today, Hamilton has 60 per cent of the integrated steel-making capacity in Canada and only 47 per cent of the total steel-making capacity" (Dear, Drake & Reeds, 1987, p. 218). This decline is thought by many to possibly have a serious impact on the local economy and may leave the city of Hamilton with little or no expected growth for the near future (Dear, Drake & Reeds, 1987).
The Lincoln Alexander Parkway
Expressways to facilitate the flow of traffic around and through the city have become a necessity (Evans, 1970). In 1997, the construction of the Lincoln Alexander Parkway, an east-west roadway system parallel to the Niagara escarpment was completed. The freeway was subject to many discussions, but was found necessary to the economic development of the city as well as future growth (Dear, Drake & Reeds, 1987).
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