Useful Knowledge Society of Hamilton: Getting Ready for Intensification

Hamilton’s Useful Knowledge Society hosted two speakers on March 7, 2017 to discuss how our city can prepare for intensification and population growth forecast to occur during the next 35 years.

Hamilton’s population is forecast to grow by 250,000 people during that time.

Two speakers, Richard Harris and John Nostrand, brought their insight to the discussion. Each provided a presentation that was followed by a question and answer period.

Hamilton PEDTalks “Improving Health by Design in the GTHA” (May 12, 2016)

Hamilton’s Planning and Economic Development department hosted Gayle Bursey, Director of Growth Management Strategy for the Region of Peel, who spoke on the topic of Improving Health by Design in the GTHA. Bursey’s talk was based upon her work in the inter-regional report “Improving Health by Design in the Greater Toronto-Hamilton Area” released in May 2014 by the Medical Officers of Health for Hamilton, Peel, Simcoe Muskoka, and Toronto. McMaster’s Jim Dunn, the Director of the McMaster Institute for Healthier Environments, added to Bursey’s remarks with additional focus on how better urban design can improve Hamilton. There was an audience question and answer at the end of the talks. Full replay video.

Shift: Changing Direction in City Building with Dr. Pamela Blais [Video]

Dr. Pamela Blais spoke to a packed house Tuesday night about what Hamilton needs to do achieve the major shift in development patterns that LRT promises. Blais explain how our current system of development incentives are driving unsustainable sprawl and how the City can change those incentives to encourage denser more efficient growth. The free event was hosted by the Useful Knowledge Society of Hamilton and the Hamilton-Burlington Society of Architects and and held at Mills Hardware.