Swarbrick Frankton census area bright spots

Before looking at change in the Swarbrick area, understanding may be helped by looking at these three sets of data showing opposites in density and income, plus the Hamilton District Plan land use map of the Swarbrick area.

Swarbrick Pop Density the other half Swarbrick Income the other half Swarbrick 2012 Operative District Plan map 10

In the Swarbrick area, census data tell us that only the mesh block area on the corner of Rifle Range Rd / Frederick Dr has the three changes that support brighter growth, these three being “more people, with increasing incomes, and these people being of a younger age.” But of course we don’t all wish to live in places that feel fuller or look young. For this reason “Frankton Railway Village” is registered as a historic area and the outcome from this looks to be gentrification, where wealthier and older people come to dominate the neighbourhood.

Swarbrick Pop Change 01-13Swarbrick Income Change 01-13Swarbrick Age Change 01-13

The number of rate payers in the residential intensification zone along Killarney Rd has increased by at least a third. The changes are having mixed outcomes for the community and the council has a responsibility to be seen to be investing this rate-payer money back into this community. The council also needs to look at the needs within the three mesh blocks along the bottom of the Swarbrick area, which are at risk of stagnation and dullness. As described by J Jacobs “Dull neighbourhoods are inevitably deserted by their more energetic, ambitious, or affluent citizens, and also by their young people who can get away.”

IKillarney Rd Trees mid block 2015 Killarney Rd Trees mid block 2010 Killarney Rd Trees West 2015 Killarney Rd Trees West

Lastly, Hamilton City Council’s actions in cutting down a quarter of the largest street trees on Killarney Rd (#189, 191, 220, 213, 232) have not done a lot to brighten up the streetscape.

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