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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...
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Women and the City

The following remarks were presented as part of panel discussion at the Women and the City event hosted by the Useful Knowledge Society at the...

Adaptive Reuse for Community Benefit

Ontario’s mid-sized cities are changing. Population growth, urban renewal, new transit systems, and growing economies are bringing newfound...
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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...
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How PB Analytics Helps Build Neighbourhood Engagement

Since 2012, residents of Ward 1 in Hamilton, Canada have worked together to determine how approximately $7.5 million (CAD) would be spent on...

Data-Driven Participatory Planning

Data-driven participatory planning is helping policy makers and civic leaders better engage the public in local decision-making. Robust...
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SoBi Membership Survey

How Members Use Hamilton’s Bike Share System

Since its launch in January 2015, the city of Hamilton’s bike share system, SoBi, has had increasing success. In just two short years, SoBi...

Federal Brownfield Funding Could Kickstart Redevelopment of Former Stelco Land

With the federal budget approaching, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) has released its 2017 Alternative Federal Budget (AFB)....
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Supercrawl Festival

Understanding the Supercrawl Festival with CivicSurveys

Supercrawl is an annual celebration of the diversity of James North, the multi-disciplinary arts district in Hamilton, Ontario. The eighth...
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...
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