Dataset Definitions and Downloads

The Expressing Vibrancy project was funded by the public through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, and the Ontario Trillium Foundation, and the content we're exploring is generated by public input. We felt it only fitting that what we gather and learn through this process be equally public.  

Below you'll find definitions of terms, greater detail into how we calculated the categories, and the raw data from the Taking Stock and Active Exploration stages of the project. To ensure the anonymity of the participants, we have removed all reference to personal demographics. Researchers wishing to explore the data in more detail should contact CoBALT Connects for a data sharing relationship. 

Data reports


Click to download the Dataset Definitions.  A simple guide to how we evaluated each category.  EV Dataset Definitions.pdf (1.67 MB)

Below is a detailed explanation of the elements in each neighbourhood that were inventoried during the Taking Stock phase of the Expressing Vibrancy project.  In the Taking Stock phase only elements on the street in focus (those within the BIA or main commercial stretch) were counted, not the broader neighbourhood. 

These items were counted and totaled for each area, then divided by the total number of average blocks in the study area.  This gives us a more comparable number that takes into consideration the drastic difference in size from one study area to another.

In order to capture some of the character of the surrounding neighbourhood the Centre for Community study gathered information on a number of factors within an 800 metre radius of the study area.  The items with be noted with “(800m)”.

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Combined total of trees per focus area on public and private property. Trees on public property were counted individually, and trees on private grounds were counted per property.


Combined total of flower baskets per focus area on public and private property. Baskets on public property were counted individually, while baskets on private grounds were counted per property.


Combined total flower planters per focus area on public and private property. Flower planters on public property were counted individually, while planters on private grounds were counted per property.

Green Space (800m)

Combined total of parks, trails, playgrounds and public gardens including and within an 800-metre radius of the focus area.

Air Quality

Data provided by Clean Air Hamilton, based on the Hamilton Neighbourhoods Mobile Air Quality Study, 2011.  Figured based on Air Quality Mortality Risk.  A low the AQ Mortality Risk rating gives a neighbourhood a high the Air Quality score.


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Ethnic Centres

Total number of ethnic cultural centres per focus area. Centres visible from street level that offer ethnic programming, events and/or social gathering spaces were included.

Ethic Businesses and Indicators

Total number of ethnic businesses, restaurants and indicators per focus area, visible from street level. Indicators include flags, multilingual signage, etc.

Languages Spoken

Total number of non-official language respondents divided by total number of non-official languages (NOL) spoken per neighbourhood. Data was obtained from the 2011 Canadian Census.

Creative Sector Diversity (CCI Diversity)

Percentage of categories with representation within the focus area based on 30 relevant North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) categories targeting the creative and cultural sector.

Zoning Mix

Based on the percentage of available land parcels within 10 general zoning types ranging from residential to industrial.  Areas that allow for the broadest mix of uses over the greatest number of parcels score highest.


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Creative Businesses

Combined total of for-profit and not-for-profit creative and cultural businesses, industries and organizations per focus area, visible from street level.

Public Facilities

Combined total of educational centres and institutions, recreational facilities, public cultural facilities, and religious institutions per focus area, visible from street level.   

Art in Public Spaces

Combined total of city sanctioned and privately commissioned art in public spaces, and instances of graffiti per focus area. Graffiti was counted per location.

Festivals & Events (800m)

Data gathered was a combination of event listings from the City of Hamilton Special Event Advisory Team (SEAT), Tourism Hamilton and independently sourced information via the Centre for Community Study for 2013.  Events were separated by frequency into two categories – annual events (ie. Supercrawl), and regularly recurring events (Movies in the Park).  Equal weighting was given to each category. 

Social Spaces (800m)

Combined total of places of worship, learning and community centres, museums and libraries, and theater and performance spaces including and within an 800-metre radius from the focus area.


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Commercial information

Combined total of billboards, businesses and/or restaurants with hours of operation posted, menus visible from street level, and washroom and/or WIFI availability per focus area.

Community information

Combined total of storefronts and poles with cultural information posted, and newspaper vending boxes per focus area.

Neighbourhood Signage

Combined total of Business Improvement Area (BIA), community, and different styles of street name signage per focus area.

Safety Signage

Total number of community and pedestrian safety signs per focus area.


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Vacant Buildings

Total number of properties listed on the City of Hamilton’s Vacant Building Registry per focus area as of March 2014.

Heritage Buildings

Combined total of listed and designated heritage properties per focus area, in accordance with City of Hamilton’s Heritage Planning data. Designated buildings received two points, while listed building receive one.


Combined total of bike locks and lanes, street parking and parking lot spaces, crosswalks, crosswalk bumpouts, and bus stops focus area. Items were grouped together accordingly and weighted evenly.


Combined total of audible crosswalks and instances of urban braille per focus area.


Combined total of garbage receptacles and recycling bins on public and private property per focus area.  Private property receptacles were for public use (ie. outside a fast food restaurant facing public space)

Street Furnishings

Combined total of tables and chairs, benches and lampposts on public and private property per focus area.



Data reports


Click to download the qualitative survey and responses.    

EV -Taking Stock Full Dataset.xlsx (1.39 MB)



Data reports


Click to download the qualitative survey and responses.    

EV Active Exploration Full Dataset.xlsx (1.55 MB)