Downtown Dundas

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.”

"Alert, awake and quietly busy."
"The street is alive with foot traffic of all ages. There is also lots of vehicle traffic that make it very busy."
"Relaxed, errands being done by lots of people out."
"Saturday shopping bustle, mixed age of shoppers. BIA does a good job on "events" to draw people to downtown."
"Lively, plenty of people around, but not loud. Family oriented."
"Appears to be very busy for late Wednesday AM. Most people appear to be window shopping and banking."

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“What do you think makes this neighbourhood vibrant?”

"The downtown is compact, and has a good variety of businesses, services and cultural opportunities."
"There is a good variety of independent shops & restaurants. Since most have been here a while they have many loyal customers of all ages. Not too many franchises yet, like Starbucks."
"The businesses. All the people walking downtown and constant traffic. Lots of people shopping in the stores. People saying 'Hi' to people they meet on the street."
"Balance - frendliness of people, space for people to relax, a park, Dundas Driving Park close by, beautiful houses near by, a gallery that houses local art work, a store that has Canadian products."
"Places to sit on street, coffee shops, resturants, and patios. Stores with fruit and vegetable stands on the street."
"Mix of retail and resturants. Increase in ethnic resturants in last four years. Located in the heart of affluent neighbourhood with a wide variety of age groups."

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