It has been almost eighteen years since the City of Hamilton was amalgamated with the former municipalities of Ancaster, Stony Creek, Flamborough, Glanbrook and Dundas, yet, the community remains divided on a number of very important issues. The most recent Mayoral race provided a stark example: the campaign focused (almost exclusively) on the Council-approved plan to build a Light Rail Transit (LRT) line in the downtown core.
This election is only the tip of the iceberg. A detailed survey conducted by ThreeHundredThirtyEight.com on behalf of the Beasley Neighbourhood Association shows the true extent of the community divide. For more details about the extent of the divide please visit the Hamilton Spectator. If you are interested in seeing a summary of the results of the survey visit this early post on ThreeHundredThirtyEight.com or visit OurBeasley.com for a more condensed summary. If you want to work with the Beasley survey raw data visit OpenICPSR.org. If you want some ideas on how Hamilton City Council can bring the city together visit the BayObsever.ca.
Finally, a thank you to the Beasley Neighbourhood Association for funding the Interactive Voice Response survey, which formed the basis of these articles. If you are interested in working with ThreeHundredThirtyEight.com to do some survey work please use the contact form or Twitter to get in touch.