All Through the Night
Almost every town in Canada; or nearly every town in a country that is still a part of the Commonwealth of Nations, has a George Street. Many of them seem to have something special about them that promote an attached district or neighbourhood. There are three George Streets in the City of Hamilton. One is in the constituent community of Flamborough, another is in the nearby village of Waterdown and the third is in the mega-city’s downtown neighbourhood of Central where I made this winter evening urban landscape. All of these streets are small and seemingly unimportant.
I can’t even figure out how any of these Hamilton streets were named. If any of them were named after King George VI, I would expect the street signs to make it obvious with the monarchical title in place but this doesn’t appear to be the case.
I suspect that the one of Central Hamilton is named after George Hamilton, the founder of the city but supposedly lesser men have certainly had larger and more popular arteries and entire neighbourhoods named after them. The history of George Hamilton reveals that the city was born out of secrecy and schemes of self-interest but that can’t be why I can’t tie the street to Mr. Hamilton; people have agreed to name the entire city after him, after all.
George Street bisects a popular bar and eatery district on Hess Street North where drunken ruffians are known to get into late night brawls on occasion, and jazz festivals are held annually. George Street, however, doesn’t even factor into the name of the district which is officially called Hess Village.