Westdale Village

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.”

"It is a gorgeous day so there are lots of people walking and biking. They all seem to be happy. Traffic is minimal which creates a more peaceful environment. The overall energy seems to be high."
"Loud with lots of traffic noises and smells. Tired, many storefronts in disrepair, peeling cracked paint. Cheap, many signs flat not blending with style of architecture."
"The neighbourhood is relaxed and inviting. There are many 'reasons to be here.' Lots of benches say 'sit, enjoy a cup of coffee and watch people.'"
"Quiet with occasional group of loud students because of Homecoming Weekend."
"It's active. It's mostly students who are out for a relaxing walk, coffee break, food, anything to do for a good break and fun."
"Boyant, older hispter-esque, very boutique. Lights add a mystical, movie-like twinge. Could be in the movie The Notebook. Kind of like a commercial indie song."

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“What do you think makes this neighbourhood vibrant?”

"There is no one thing in particular that makes this neighbourhood more vibrant. A collection of the 'W' light signs, the variety of stores and the differet kinds of people all contribute to the 'vibrant' nature of this neighbourhood."
"Lots of foot traffic. Other than that I wouldn't call it vibrant, it seems tired. The merchants seem closed to customers apart from a few. It was a beautiful day, but few doors were open and few had outside displays. It needs more benches."
"The old school feel. It's like the beginning of the '50s with not too many brand name stores."
"Cinema and dining. But, not much vibrancy coming from the pub, suprisingly."
"Walkability, 'sheltered' feeling of diverse amenities (i.e., library and banks). Everyday needs like drugstores, dry cleaners, convenience stores, food and clothing. Entertainment such as the theater, resturants. Gathering places like cafes and pubs, street seating."
"Many factors make it vibrant: well-kept shops, lots of resturants, unique businesses, large number of people, greenery and flowers, lots of benches, safe feeling, people jogging, students walking to school, everyone seems happy and approachable to talk to."

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