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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).

Nawton/Grandview census area bright spot

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The area between Avalon Dr and Vernall St, which Statistics NZ calls Mesh block 090720 has much of the diversity advocated for by Jane Jacob.

Jane Jacob’s book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, advocates for “four generators of diversity” that “create effective economic pools of use”:

  1. Mixed primary uses, activating streets at different times of the day
  2. Short blocks, allowing high pedestrian permeability
  3. Buildings of various ages and states of repair
  4. Density – Mesh block 090720 = 2,730 people per km sq (a bit low by NY standards)

Nawton Mesh block 090720The people living in the area bounded by Avalon Dr, Grandview Rd, Vernall St and Livingstone Ave are within half a kilometre of most day-to-day services that the average person would need. If we extend this living radius to a nominal one kilometre, these households have a 20 minute walk to access schooling at every level and services of almost every type.

In the lowest part of the Unit areas images (for area maps see StatsMaps) we have two areas at the bottom of Western Heights that are showing the opposite type of change from the more diverse areas, which are closer to services. The outcome of this increasing “sameness” is that the area is not attracting increasing numbers of residents. The median age of the people left in these areas was about 10 years old than Hamilton’s overall median in 2001, and now the 2013 census show them closer to 15 years older. In addition, while the median income was $8,800 to $13,100 above the Hamilton median in 2001, this has now declined to $7,600 to $8,100 in 2013.

Nawton Grandview Pop Change 01-13 Nawton Grandview Age Change 01-13 Nawton Grandview Income Change 01-13

Looking at mesh block 090720, Location (close to schools), Location (close to services), Location (close to main transport corridor) and the presence of mature street trees, all help to create bright places like Livingstone St

Livingstone Ave