Hamilton 2030 benchmarked to cities of 200k in Germany and the Netherlands

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Hamilton’s latest long term plan is the first to plan for a population of 200,000 people within ten years. This post looks at area, population density, theatres, stadiums, trams, age and the built environment of cities with a nominal population of 200,000 in Germany (DE) and the Netherlands (NL).  In a past post I looked at the population density of ‘Hamilton, as a medium sized city in the Netherlands’, showing Hamilton as one of the most medium of medium sized cities. I also posted on ‘Population density in Hamilton 2018 Census’ when I benchmarked density against Germany’s medium-sized cities, which are pretty similar to Hamilton. The assumption on future density is that the Hamilton city area stays at the current 110km2.

With regard to city area, the cities of Oldenburg DE at 103 km2, Kassel DE at 107 km2 and Tiburg NL at 116 km2 are almost identical in size to Hamilton. Benchmarking Stadium size, FMG Stadium Waikato is one of the largest. I have also included city theatre sizes; only Kassel DE and Breda NL have larger city theatres than Hamilton.

Staatstheater Kassel

Trams are also listed; here you can see that as the city population increases, cities with trams become more common. Tram systems are often praised for environmental friendliness, but the city needs to be designed for them. The city of ‘Mülheim wants to shut down tram connections on a large scale’, the tram system is being blamed for the ‘miserable situation of the city’s financial situation’. The link below mentions ‘tunnel sections in Mülheim’s city center’: the impact of this may have something to do with the ‘burden on the city’s budget’.

Meanwhile, if you visit cities like Kassel and Erfurt, you can see that the quality of public transport and the quality of living in those cities would deteriorate without their tram systems.

Erfurt Tram

Looking at city age, the city of Almere NL did not exist before the 1970s. The cities of Ludwigshafen DE and Oberhausen DE were villages of 2,800 and 5,590 respectively up to the 1850s. The purpose of considering age is to point out that not all of Europe is ‘old’.

Centre of Groningen 2009 first rebuild after ww2

Turning to the built environment, most German and a number of Dutch cities were badly damaged in WW2, and each of these cities took their own unique approach to rebuilding. Many started out designing for the motor vehicle, some chose modernist designs … all these cities rebuilt differently and then rebuilt again.

Osnabrucke buildings rebuilt post ww2
Per ww2 image

Many people like to talk about the old buildings of Europe. Yes, there are many, but what I do not have is a measurement of the average age of buildings in Germany and the Netherlands. However, look along Victoria St in Hamilton and you see a good number of century-old buildings. It is possible the number of pre-1940s buildings is higher in Victoria St Hamilton than in a good number of German cities.

Summing up: In my opinion Hamilton can be anything a Dutch or German city is. There is on evidence that Hamilton is a low density city.

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