“I think this festival is one of those things that they can really kind-of begin to look forward to, as something that’s cool,” he said. “It’s like, ‘Cool things happen in this city.’ It just takes people to believe in that place, and to bring it there. That was the original inspiration for the festival.”
3. Residents are turning Hamilton around
“For the longest time, there was this negative connotation to the city, and I think everyone kind-of fell victim to it,” he said.
"It was like, Hamilton — oh Hamilton. But now, you mention Hamilton and it's not that, at all," Shaw said. "There's really just this sense of pride, and I think it's just going to continuously be getting better. And honestly, it starts with the people. Because it has to come from the people that live there."