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Raise the Hammer!

Ever wondered what a Hamiltonian thinks of Buffalo? For that matter, have you ever wondered what a Hamiltonian thinks of Hamilton, Ontario? Recently one Hamiltonian made the trip down to Buffalo to investigate, before returning home and reporting to an online audience at Raise the Hammer. It was nice to hear all of the wonderful sights that Dave Serafini discovered and passed along, while at the same time it was intriguing to learn that he identified with Buffalo fully (see here). His viewpoints explored many of the similarities that the two cities share, including some big-city envy that many (clearly not all) people have from time to time. From elected leaders to sports, I find it comforting to know that, not too far away, there are Hamiltonians (or Hamiltonites?) who empathize with us and understand us, and hopefully we with them. It would be great to strike up some different ways to cross promote our two cities. Cheers to Hamilton! From Raise the Hammer:

I was not disappointed. Apparently, Buffalonians say things like,
“We’re not as big as New York and we’re colder than North Carolina”. Am
I looking in a mirror? I’ve heard strikingly similar comments here: “We
are not as big as Toronto, and we are not as shiny as Oakville or


I only hope that this recent decision to examine the MIP site was done
in the interest of the city at large, rather than an insecure fear that
we may not be good enough to get this deal done. Like Buffalo, we have
a beautiful city with a storied past and a promising future.

Even the byline sounds like a Buffalonian’s:

Dave Serafini was born and raised in Hamilton. He lived in some other
places, but returned to Hamilton for family and friends. Traditionally,
his extracurricular activities have been sport related, but recently,
he has been looking for ways to get involved with broader civic issues.

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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