Barton 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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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 energy of the street appears to be moderate. There were people standing around the hospital area. Some people walking. Not a lot of shopping as store owners stood at their doorway enjoying the sun."
"Busy, too many cars."
"Dead, forgotten, depressing, hopeless."
"Very multicultural - restaurants, lots of people on street."
"It's mixed. While there are some new stores (mostly restaurants) opening on the street, (which is nice, there are also a lot of empty storefronts which is a bit depressing."
"Medium paced. Lots of cars with places to go, but lots of walkers and shop owners on the street."
"Quite polluted feeling in terms of air quality. "

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“What do you think makes this neighbourhood vibrant?”

"Having different cultures and being able to try different foods from other places."
"There were quite a few small independent businesses but they were between too many abandoned buildings."
"There were a lot of people on the streets - talking, walking, etc. Lots of residential neighbourhoods, daycare, play ground, church."
"it not really vibrant, but it could be. The area has potential. If it could find a niche such as the James St. Art Crawl or Ottawa St. textiles and antiques. That would bring new people and tourism to the area and begin to dispel the current precieved culture and feel of the area."
"It is busy but not once is it vibrant. It is everything that people use to negatively typify Hamilton as - particularly its downtown."
"The mixture of different ethnicities. Some vibrancy around hospital - signs of new business moving in."
"No social activities listed."

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