James Street North

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.”

"Eclectic, relaxed, cultural, diverse. Mission services beside hipster hangouts, different age ranges, new modern stores beside older cultural ones."
"Up and coming, still not very exciting, a little under populated."
"In motion, changing, easy going, in transition, unpretentious, urban, hip and curious."
"Casual, low key, relaxed, calm energy, almost sleepy, multi-ethnic, multi-income, graceful."
"People walking alone looking sad."
"Creativity, architecture, geographical location (proximity to lake, downtown and future GO train station) and demographic diversity."
"Many cars but not a lot of people. The cars are going very fast."
"The street is very energetic in terms of how busy it is, and the attitude of the people as they walked up and down the sidewalk. There is definitley a type of energy on James Street that you don't see anywhere else."

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“What do you think makes this neighbourhood vibrant?”

"The new, young shop owners who are friendly and excited about the progress that the street is making."
"Different uses of buildings (commercial, institutional, governmental, future condos, arts organizations) Different cultures, ethnic diversity, preservation of buildings and uses of space."
"The smell! It smells fantastic! Also, the different cultures and mix of old and new."
"Lots of small businesses, diversity in offerings, variety of businesses, some mom and pop and others hip and modern. Lots of options for everything: café, dining, shopping, clothing, art. Signs of new businesses opening – exciting."
"Right now the neighbourhood is very low key. However, during Art Crawl it's completely different because of the tons of people from all different ages. During a regular day it is not too busy but still vibrant with all the different sights and sounds."
"The art, the restaurant scene, the people."

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