Using Community Engagement to Build Safer Streets

As part of a series of articles about the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI) Excellence in Planning Awards, Civicplan was highlighted in a recent issue of the Ontario Planning Journal about the award-winning PlanLocal process. The following is an except from the Journal:
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Who’s a Bedroom Community?

Understanding commuter flows within and between cities is important for urban planning and infrastructure investment. Think of all the spending the Province of Ontario is putting towards transit, both regional and local. However, does the investment match the commuting realities...
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Helping Neighbourhoods Walk to School

The Challenge: Today, fewer and fewer students are walking or cycling to school. From 1986-2011, the rate at which Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) students 11-13 years of age were driven to school doubled, according to a Metrolinx study. At the same time, the number...
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Gentle Density: The Sweet Spot of Support for Intensification?

Hamilton’s Durand neighbourhood is one of the city’s oldest, most dynamic communities. Significant change and growth is occurring in the neighbourhood, including proposed new developments tied to intensification that are eliciting a robust community dialogue on how the...
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The Economic Value of Heritage

The value of heritage buildings is a hot topic in communities across North America. Many people value these buildings. They display style and workmanship that we often do not see with new buildings, and they connect us to our city’s history. They do much to establish the...
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More than Money: Revisiting the New Deal for Cities

Almost 15 years ago, former Finance Minister Paul Martin addressed the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) conference in Hamilton, Canada and proclaimed the need for a “New Deal for Cities” where better federal-municipal relationships would forge a stronger urban Canada....
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To the Little Things

A snowman is just a snowman. Or is it? We passed this snowman over the weekend, happily standing on the median of a busy intersection. We don’t know who built it, but we do know it made us smile. Winter is a good time to stop and appreciate the little things that build a...
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Say hello to Hamiltonism

As progressive urbanists continue to push Hamilton toward a more economically vibrant and resilient future, they can take inspiration from Canada’s west coast. The city of Vancouver has become the global darling of planners, architects, and urbanists as they study how Canada’s...
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