Ottawa Street

Quantitative Data

The first phase of the Expressing Vibrancy project took stock of the physical attributes, functional features and community assets in each neighbourhood through the collection of tombstone data – an inventory of the characteristics of an area that tend not to change significantly over time. Features such as trees, bus stops, public art, community signage, and urban braille – 38 asset types in total – were counted, recorded, and reviewed over the course of 12 weeks. This initial inventory was rounded out by data from the City of Hamilton’s cultural planning research, as well as statistical data provided by the Centre for Community Study. This inventory was then averaged over a city-block distance to create a comparable model between neighbourhoods, adjusting for disparities in geographic size. 

Data reports

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Natural elements

Natural Elements

Trees

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Baskets

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Planters

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Green Space (800m)

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Air Quality

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Diversity

Diversity

Ethnic Centres

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Languages Spoken

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Creative Sector Diversity

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Zoning Mix

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Ethnic Businesses and Indicators

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Creative engagement

Creative Engagement

Creative Businesses

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Public Facilities

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Art in Public Spaces

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Festivals & Events (800m)

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Social Spaces (800m)

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Access to information

Access to Information

Commercial Information

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Community Information

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Neighbourhood Signage

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Safety Signage

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Urban design

Urban Design

Vacant Buildings

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Heritage Buildings

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Accessibility

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Garbage/Recycling

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Street Furnishings

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Walk/Ride/Drive

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Qualitative Data

Following the collection of quantitative data in each neighbourhood, the study aimed next to capture a range of subjective impressions, opinions, and feelings from individuals exploring each area. Volunteers – 230 in total – from a diversity of socio-economic brackets, ages, and ethnic backgrounds toured each neighbourhood on consistent days of the week and times of the day to ensure comparable experiences were recorded. Observations were limited to what could be experienced from the vantage of a pedestrian. This layer of data collection noted the diversity of responses to elements in the urban environment, with particular attention given to how members of various demographic groups related to certain elements, and how that influenced their sense of the space. 


“Describe the energy of the street.”

"Vibrant, bustling, mostly open shops/storefronts (likely because it's Saturday and sunny). Cohesive BIA branding in most storefront windows and on posts, shows community feel."
"Fairly empty, steady traffic, not many people walking around."
"An energetic street - I got the feeling there is a great work ethic going on. By 8:10 am the garbage and blue boxes had already been emptied, the market was setting up, a glass/mirror store was already open, Tim Hortons was full and several people passed me on their bicycles."
"There was not a lot of energy on the street. The lack of sidewalk traffic combined with the absence of people going in and out of the stores kept the energy down. Most of the sounds on the street are coming from the traffic made by cars"
"Lots of vehicles, people walking, cars parked on road, lots of stores and antique shops."
"Dead at this time of night. Seemed very closed off/scary vibe."
"At this time of night its very quiet as many businesses are closed. Very attractive, eclectic-looking storefronts. Energy is calming, seems like a bustling street during the day and calm at night."
"Older street but well-kept buildings and houses. Stores are older. Appears like a lower income neighbourhood."

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“What do you think makes this neighbourhood vibrant?”

"The unique boutique stores. You won't find these things sold there anywhere else."
"Not sure. Vibrant can be interpreted in many ways. I don’t feel like I can characterize this as it's not my neighborhood. I think vibrancy comes from the culture, experiencing vibrant areas and times, not just one time."
"It's clearly in transition - some construction, some new and cool stores, a varied crowd of people walking around including young and old."
"At this time of day (Friday at 8pm), I do not think it is vibrant, but on a Saturday afternoon I feel that this would have more people and stores open. The unique shops make it vibrant."
"Wide sidewalks allow for multiple pedestrians, benches and bike racks. Multiple uses (shops, resturaunts, church, YMCA). Enthusiastic store owners, interesting signs and things to look at. Public square/park place for events/people to gather."
"At this time of night, nothing makes it vibrant. I think my opinion would change in the day if I had access to some of the cute little shops."
"That new stores are opening up and the lack of vacant store fronts."

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