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September 2012 - Beasley presented their Beasley Neighbourhood Action Plan (PDF, 8.27 MB) to Hamilton City Council for endorsement. The plans serve as a focal point for planning teams, but also continue to garnish the interest of other stakeholders from across the community.
Goal: Improve Neighbourhood Design
|Improve parks, recreation and gathering places||
|Promote liveable street and traffic design||
|Improve Housing options and property standards||
|Enhance pride and ownership through beautification||
Goal: Increase sense of health, safety & security
|Reduce the effects of crime||
|Increase positive interaction between neighbours||
|Improve the perception of the neighbourhood||
|Health and well-being of the community||
Goal: Improve social & cultural connections
|Integrating with social, religious and cultural groups||
|Communication, outreach and distribution||
|Fundraising and event planning||
|Arts and leisure activities||
Goal: Strengthen business & economic opportunities
|Education and skills training||
|Increase job opportunities||
|Promote Beasley as a great place to live||
|Encourage business and economic opportunities||
Beasley, Central, Durand and Corktown were the first four neighbourhoods in the City of Hamilton, making Beasley one of Hamilton’s oldest neighbourhoods.
- Beasley has a higher proportion of children and young adults in its population than the city as a whole. About 11% of Beasley population are seniors compared to 15% for the city.
- More than four in ten Beasley families with children are headed by lone parents (both male and female combined).
- Almost four in ten Beasley residents identify with a visible minority group, almost three times higher than the average for the city. Beasley is one of Hamilton’s “arrival cities” as 14% of the area's residents are newcomer immigrants compared to just 3% for the city as a whole. Beasley has a higher proportion of residents with Aboriginal ancestry (5% compared to 3% for the city).
- There is a larger proportion of persons with activity limitations in Beasley as compared to the city (27% vs. 21%).
Income & housing
- The vast majority of homes in Beasley are rented (79%) compared to 32% for the city as a whole.
- Half of Beasley dwellings are in apartment buildings with five or more stories.
- There are higher rates of people living in unaffordable housing in Beasley, both for renters and owners.
- Beasley residents are more mobile than the average for the city. Almost six in ten Beasley residents stay in their homes for less than five years.
- Poverty rates in Beasley are three times higher than the average for the city. Almost six in ten Beasley residents live on incomes below the poverty line.
- Beasley has a much higher proportion of residents aged 25 to 64 who have not completed education than the average for the city (34% vs. 16%). In all other education categories from high school to university, Beasley has a slightly lower proportion of completion rates.
- More than 17% of Beasley students do not complete their high school diploma, almost three times the rate for the city as a whole.
- The average age of death in Beasley is 71.9 years, 3.3 years younger than for the city as a whole.
- Beasley residents are more likely to visit an emergency room as compared to the city. On average, there are an additional 480 emergency room visits per thousand residents in Beasley.
- 17.5% of Beasley residence visiting an emergency room report having no family doctor, almost three times the rate for the city overall.
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