Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Lindsay Bishop and I’m a Mortgage Agent up on Concession Street. I also co-own Hamilton’s all-natural snow cone booth, Sweet Ice Snow Cones. I was born and raised in Hamilton and drink delicious coffee… so deliver me a latte if you’re reading this and want to be my friend. (*hah! this is why I love this girl)
What area of the city did you grow up in?
I grew up on the East Mountain in the Valley Park Neighbourhood.
What area of Hamilton do you currently live in? Any reason in particular you chose that area (whether different from where you grew up or not)
I’ve lived on the east mountain, west mountain, central downtown; now I’m living further east in the Stinson neighbourhood. I’m near the Rail Trail, the Wentworth stairs and am a short walk from some of my favourite spots: Café Oranje, Strut Salon and The Ship. Each neighbourhood has given me a new perspective on the city and there are so many great locations to call home. I love where I live and won’t be rushing out of Stinson anytime soon.
What do you think has changed about Hamilton over the years if anything?
Whether you’ve just moved to Hamilton or you’ve lived here your whole life, you’ve probably run into someone who is shocked that you live in HAMILTON! Hearing repeatedly that Hamilton is the “armpit of Ontario” probably shaped my view of the city at a young age. It wasn’t until about 8 years ago, I started meeting people who were involved downtown and they actually liked it… and weren’t afraid of it. The people I met saw Hamilton differently and it was when I became more involved that I saw the potential and understood why people loved it.
In the last several years, I’ve seen the market and library transform, art crawls grow, cute shops open, quality coffee and restaurants enter the scene. Certain neighbourhoods that were once strongly avoided have become my home the home to a many of my friends.
There is a group of people who want to see the city flourish and it’s expressed through neighbourhood committees, Supercrawl, art crawls, new businesses-there is so much support for one another and it’s inspiring.
What do you think the best and worst things about this city are? What are the areas that you would like to see improvements in?
Hamilton is the largest small town and it’s tough to remain a stranger once you go out a few times or frequent the same places. In my opinion, the best part of Hamilton is the sense of a supportive community. I’ve found that when you have something you want to accomplish, there are groups of people who want to help you.
An area I want to see more improvement in is more care for the homeless and the lower income sections of the city. I’ve been able to see the vibrancy of the city, but can’t ignore the major divides and the needs that exist here.
What advice do you have for anyone considering a move to Hamilton?
If you’re considering Hamilton as a home, I would suggest visiting a few spots with someone who lives here to get a feel of where to go. There is a lot to explore and take in. And besides, you can buy a house for like $2 in some areas… so why wouldn’t you want to try it out? (*lol $2 may be an exaggeration but yes, we do have some affordable housing here! :))
What are your favourite places and things to do here?
My regular spots would be the ones I listed above (within walking distance to my place), along with The Cannon (for flat whites and waffle bacon!) and Cake + Loaf (they can go ahead and take all of my money). I spend a lot of time on Concession Street and am so lucky to have Papa Leo’s next door – Leo is the best! Another awesome perk of Hamilton is the Rail Trail – if you enjoy running or cycling, it is a great place to explore.
Of all the things going on Hamilton these days – what are you most excited about?
I’m not sure what has me the most excited, but it is nice to see Hamilton developing a “cool factor”. Hamiltonians feel pride for living and building here. There is a group of people who want to see the city flourish and it’s expressed through neighbourhood committees, Supercrawl, art crawls, new businesses-there is so much support for one another and it’s inspiring.
Anything else you’d add that you think I missed or was / is super important to you? Here’s your chance!
Hamilton isn’t perfect but it’s a great place to live. Just like any city, there may be things that upset you about the way the city works, but you can bitch alongside some people who feel the same way and stick around to try to make some changes. And in your down time, you can enjoy a delicious coffee or beer… or taco or pizza or cocktail.
All the best with your potential move!