Hamilton as a medium sized city in German

These two earlier posts, Hamilton as medium sized city in Netherlands and Hamilton compared to a medium sized city in Australia, show Hamilton can be seen as a more densely populated type of city. To take this a step further, this post adds German cities to the list. For Germany, the number of cities that can act as benchmarks becomes larger and the closeness to major cities gives density patterns similar to those measured in Australia , with the higher density cities being part of the metropolitan area of a major city. The sources for data on German cities are wikipedia List of cities in Germany by population and City Mayors German top cities

hamilton-pop-density-thousands-netherlands-germany

What makes these German cities an interesting comparison to Hamilton is that most have a river flowing through them; below are photos from three of them, showing Koblenz with the rivers Rhine and Moselle, Kassel with the Fulda River, and Ulm on the River Danube

Koblenz Rhine & Moselle Rivers Kassel Fulda River 1 Ulm Danube River 1

Something worth exploring further is how these river promenades link with the city retail area and what activities are actually happening. Are people attracted to the river edge area more because of the width of open spaces and good sight lines or because of commercial activity?

 

Crawshaw, Brymer census area bright spot

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In the Crawshaw/Brymer area, Mooney Park neighbourhood stands out as a bright area: it has population growth; it is close to schools and has plenty of leisure areas, which is attracting young people whose incomes are increasing at a rate above Hamilton’s average, between 2001 and 2013.

Mooney Park

Mooney St is one of the closest residential areas to Wintec’s Avalon Campus (2.2km 10min cycle 25 min walk) and the large employment areas between Avalon Dr and the railway.

Crawshaw Brymer Pop Change 01-13 Crawshaw Brymer Age Change 01-13  Crawshaw Brymer Income Change 01-13

It is notable that the Brymer area (lower area of image) has double digit population growth. The new residents tend to be older, with higher than average incomes, which is nice. However, these incomes are not increasing at the same rate as the average person in Hamilton city or Crawshaw. The local parks are very good, but the area has limited land use diversity, reducing the long term attractiveness for younger people. Let’s say Brymer has Location (accommodation), Location (parks), Location (something maybe missing at this point).