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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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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Capturing and measuring local character can help with future planning.

When you think about shopping local, you often think about different districts in your city.  In Hamilton, Canada, locals think of places such as Concession Street, Locke Street or Downtown Dundas. Each of these distinct areas has a different character that influences how people...

Building a network for women-centred health care

The feasibility study into the creation of a Women’s Health Network in Hamilton was a partnership between the YWCA of Hamilton, the North Hamilton Community Health Centre (NHCHC), and Civicplan. The study was made possible with the support of a Women’s College Hospital, Women’s...

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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