Beasley Neighbourhood Action Plan

Neighbourhood Plan

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.

Plan highlights

Objective Action
Improve parks, recreation and gathering places
  • Redevelop Beasley Park
  • McLaren Park Improvement
Promote liveable street and traffic design
  • Redesign Cannon Street to be a more neighbourhood friendly street
  • Create a school safety zone around Dr. Davey School
  • Identify three street hot spots, create report and give to council
Improve Housing options and property standards
  • Encourage density and promote mixed housing development
  • Improve landlord and tenant relationships through education and forums
Enhance pride and ownership through beautification
  • Address garbage and dumping issues
  • Reward, recognize and encourage beautification champions
  • Alleyway project
Objective Actions
Reduce the effects of crime
  • Crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED)
  • Create a Crime Awareness package
  • Neighbourhood walk around
Increase positive interaction between neighbours
  • Neighbours helping neighbours
  • Beasley champions
  • Interest based groups
Improve the perception of the neighbourhood
  • Beasley Fair
  • Beasley banners
  • Establish media strategy
Health and well-being of the community
  • Promote healthy food networks
  • Improve accessibility for people with mobility issues
  • Learn strategies to live with marginalized populations
  • Recreational groups that promote active living
Objective Actions
Integrating with social, religious and cultural groups
  • Encourage Cultural Ambassador programs
  • Develop directory of faith and cultural groups in Beasley
  • Beasley International Market/ Culture Festival
Communication, outreach and distribution
  • Newsletter distribution
  • Raise profile of BNA in the community centre
  • Youth Neighbourhood Association
Fundraising and event planning
  • Fundraising event
  • Merchandising/ branding items for fundraising
  • Special interest events
Arts and leisure activities
  • Promote creativity
  • Connect community to social groups
  • Rotating movie nights
Objective Actions
Education and skills training
  • Technology/ trade skills training
  • Academic support programs for youth
  • Language skills opportunity
Increase job opportunities
  • Promote current job skills and opportunities in Beasley
  • Develop an employment resource network
Promote Beasley as a great place to live
  • 'Welcome Wagon' website/ brochure
  • Tours of the neighbourhood
  • Share good news stories
Encourage business and economic opportunities
  • Kitchen incubator
  • Promote current businesses in Beasley

 

Neighbourhood Profile

Beasley, Central, Durand and Corktown were the first four neighbourhoods in the City of Hamilton, making Beasley one of Hamilton’s oldest neighbourhoods.

Beasley Neighbourhood Population Characteristics - Age groups graph

Beasley Neighbourhood Population Characteristics - Families with children under 18 graph

Beasley Neighbourhood Population Characteristics - Population groups graph

Key findings

  • 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%).

Beasley Neighbourhood Housing and Mobility graph

Beasley Neighbourhood Poverty Rates

Key findings

  • 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 Neighbourhood Highest Education Completed, Persons aged 25 to 64 chart

Beasley Neighbourhood High School Non-Completion Rate per 1,000 Students chart

Key findings

  • 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.

Beasley Neighbourhood Average Age of Death chart

Beasley Neighbourhood Emergency Room Visits per 1000 Residents per year chart

Beasley Neighbourhood Percentage of ER Visitors reporting no family doctor chart

Key findings

  • 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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