Promoting Active Transportation Off-Road

With summer entering the final stretch and fall just around the corner, this CivicSquare post focuses on getting outside and enjoying your surroundings. Specifically, how online tools can help promote active transportation off-road. Geotrail is an award-winning website that...
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Data-Driven Participatory Planning

Data-driven participatory planning is helping policy makers and civic leaders better engage the public in local decision-making. Robust engagement improves public planning outcomes, strengthens local communities, and promotes greater civic pride. PlanLocal, a participatory...
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Citizens participating in public engagement campaigns

Engaging communities with participatory planning

It was 8:30 a.m. on a Tuesday morning in late June. Kids and parents trickled into the playground. There was a buzz outside Dr. Edgar Davey Elementary School in central Hamilton, Ontario. School was almost done and the excitement was palpable. The end of another school ye...
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How Pedestrian and Transit-Oriented Environments Attract Creative Jobs

While it is understood that pedestrian friendly and transit-oriented environments are elements of good planning, they are also starting to be understood as good business. The broader municipal decision-making community is realizing the important connection between transit,...
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Leveraging civic assets as economic development and renewal infrastructure

Some of the Civicplan team had the recent opportunity to visit beautiful downtown Cambridge, Ontario. The revitalization along the banks of the Grand River was impressive with many historic buildings being brought back to life including the home of the University of Waterloo...
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Our natural environment is a big plus for the city to define itself as an attractive, healthy, and unique environment.

It surrounds us, but we take it for granted. Our natural environment is often overlooked when discussing our community but you could hardly find a city more strongly defined by nature than Hamilton. This is evident in the names we give to things: the Mountain, the Valley, the...
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Grid layout creates walkable, livable neighbourhoods

While outsiders may look around in bewilderment when Hamiltonians refer to “the Mountain,” we know exactly where it is. The area atop the Niagara Escarpment can’t be missed, with “Mountain Access” signs at all key roads. This striking geography will...
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Walkable main street filled with heritage buildings a blueprint for vibrancy

In 2004, the hit TV drama The West Wing came to shoot scenes for a couple of upcoming episodes in the Town of Dundas. The producers chose the Valley Town as it could easily pass as a quaint and vibrant setting that could emulate towns in New Hampshire. Other television shows and...
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King William Performing Arts District Plan

A vision is in place to turn part of King William Street into a performing arts district. It’s being led by Theatre Aquarius, which can’t meet demand for use of its 750-seat venue, Dofasco Centre for the Arts. Theatre Aquarius draws more than 100,000 visitors a year...
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Downtown development is good for all taxpayers

Density gets a bad rap these days. It’s often thought of as a dirty word, evoking images of monolithic highrise office towers or apartment buildings that create wind tunnels and foster a sterile street life around them. A concrete jungle. But we often hear about the...
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