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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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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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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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 AGH Annex, in Hamilton on June 6th 2017. Good evening, thank you to the Useful Knowledge Society for inviting me to participate on this...

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 energy to cities across the province. One challenge for these cities is to find ways to reuse and reinvent spaces that may no longer serve...
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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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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 local infrastructure projects. The ward’s participatory budgeting (PB) process, “forWard one,” has grown in popularity year after year. In...

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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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 Hamilton membership has grown to 10,000 active members who use the service from over 100 station hubs spread across the lower city. In order...

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). Among its many thoughtful and sustainable recommendations is a much needed investment that is very relevant to my hometown of Hamilton....
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