Concession 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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Social Spaces (800m)

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Festivals & Events (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.”

"The neighbourhood has a good energy. It has lots of cars, some bicycles, and a medium level of pedestrians of all ages: such as children on their way to school, some teenagers and adults."
"Boring and drab, but a beautiful escarpment view. Opposite of exciting and energetic. Gets more vibrant as you make your way down the street"
"The energy of the neighborhood was clearly positive and friendly. There were not a lot of people but enough to know that stuff was going on."
"Busy with traffic, not many people."
"Mainly quiet, seems as if people are using the street to go elsewhere in their cars."
"There is a clear feeling of being a 'main street' in this area. There is a steady flow of traffic. At many places the people move with a clear purpose although in other areas, people are resting or relaxing. There is a low level of foot traffic."
"Cheap, flashy, lots of light-up signs to attract customers, which has a very gimmicky feeling. Outdated, old cars, lots of power lines hanging overhead feels grungy."
"Peaceful and quiet."

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“What do you think makes this neighbourhood vibrant?”

"People of all ages - presence of schools. Mix of services, small businesses. Presence of the arts (Movie Palace). Variety of services, businesses, restaurants, schools, churches, and hospitals."
"The eclectic nature of the amenities help. Other than that it's not really vibrant."
"The people and the changing community."
"I don’t feel the vibrancy of this neighbourhood. I know they have great events and are a strong community but I don't feel it's vibrancy."
"The businesses and food places indicate that there might be people walking in and out of the neighborhood almost all the time."
"The hospital looks very modern and I think it's vibrant."
"Graffiti and car emissions."

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