Locke Street South

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.”

"Busy, yet calm. There are cars steadily moving and people milling about. Feeling of tranquility. It’s a relatively thrilling BIA, and so everyone has somewhere to go and be."
"It feels really trendy and hipster. Like rich people who don't want to act rich go."
"Electric and leisurely - a nice place to go out for a stroll, window shopping, etc. Fairly laid back - don't need to rush here - can take your time."
"The energy of the street is emptyish to a really negative environment because you cannot see a lot of people and there is a gun shops and cops."
"It is hard not to become part of the street energy because of the glass windows missing from restaurants allowing conversation to flow beyond the walls."
"The street feels kind of quiet and dull, but friendly."
"Relaxed, easy pace of street with both pedestrians and vehicles. Many places to sit out on the sidewalk."
"Pretty quiet. People are walking around doing their business; not much talking."

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“What do you think makes this neighbourhood vibrant?”

"Pedestrians are made to feel welcome. Lots of small-scale businesses, interesting independent shops. No 'big-box' stores."
"Many different stores, churches, a school, library, boutiques and work stores (e.g. barbers, car repair), places to eat and meet, places where friends can gather. Library encourages reading and public access to information. Medical clinic meets health needs. Free flow of residential side streets, friendly. Convenience store is important to neighbourhood."
"I think for some people shopping here is a status symbol. The kinds of people that hate malls."
"People are on the streets visiting businesses. People can walk here from houses nearby. There is a city bus. It is easily accessible by cars and other means."
"People appear happy, healthy and comfortable. Everyone appears to be busy like they belong here. Many young people."
"Feels alive, and welcoming because of the people wandering around that vary in age. I would never feel like I could outgrow the community."

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