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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

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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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Accessibility

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Street Furnishings

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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.”

"Lively people walking about doing their errands. Traffic moving well."
"Very few pedestrians on Dundas St. Lots of activity at the Hamilton strip malls. (Friday night shopping.) Action at the pubs (Royal Coachman and Turtle Jacks). Martial arts studio was very busy. The energy was mostly auto-centric."
"The streets around here seem to say "stop for a while and enjoy the scenery."
"Too busy, too many cars coming through town."
"Vibrant, welcoming. Pedestrian friendly."
"Lots of moving traffic and people."
"Quiet, plenty of vehicle traffic, not a lot of foot traffic. Hamilton Street is much less inviting. More traffic but was filled with big box stores and everything was set far back from street."
"Not much people energy due to time of day. Therefore, energy is diluted by heavy flow of traffic."

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“What do you think makes this neighbourhood vibrant?”

"I feel that Dundas Street is the vibrant area of this BIA. The cute stores and small businesses give a small town feel. While the strip mall seems generic."
"Having services readily available: doctors, drug stores, dentists, food stores, restaurants, financial services, government services, beauty and personal care, community service clubs, parks and recreation, BIA, and shopping locally."
"The huge influx of housing developments to the west has enabled downtown to improve somewhat."
"New stores opening - and good mix of stores."
"The history of the area, heritage buildings, independent shops and their dedicated customers."
"The fact that it really feels like a neighbourhood and people help and stick together. Great seniors club with caring, dedicated people."

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