Heritage, Bike Lanes, Crime and Thefts in the Durand

Hello Duranders,

After a great weekend of Doors Open, Bike for Mike and more, we have much to update you on in the neighbourhood: from bike lanes, heritage issues, and recent crime activity.

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This past Saturday and Sunday the Durand Neighbourhood Association helped to organize the St. Mark’s Doors Open, which was a great success.

The gear up to summer events is still happening – stay tuned for so much more to come; especially this Friday which will hopefully be the first fair-weather Art Crawl of the year (so far the forecast is mainly sunny and 26 degrees!)

Herkimer-Charlton Bike lane Updates 

Durand Bike Lane Committee member Kyle Slote updates the community on what started as a straightforward initiative with wonderful civic engagement, a supportive neighbourhood association, and full endorsement by a city councillor. It has turned into a murky process with uncertain outcomes – read more in this raise the hammer article.

Designation of Charlton Hall

Most recently the home of one of Hamilton’s essential social service agencies, the City plans to designate Charlton Hall as a heritage building due to its cultural significance. Read more about the story in the Public Record.

Crime Update and Tips for April

Crime stats in the Durand Neighbourhood increased dramatically last month (April 2015) particularly in vehicle thefts and break-ins.  Duranders have also anecdotally reported garden items stolen from front porches including potted plants and porch chairs. The document below provides the details and tips.

Crime Mapping and Crime Tips 4’15

Bike to Work and School Day – May 25th

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Bike to Work Day is celebrated across the GTHA to encourage people to trade in their four wheels for two and cycle more often! The event kicks off Bike Month, which runs from May 25 – June 25, 2015. Smart Commute has teamed up with Cycle Toronto to offer two contests during Bike Month to promote cycling as a commuting option

Register for the May 25th Gore Park event happening at 8am:  http://bikemonth.ca/biketoworkday

100 in 1 Day Hamilton on Saturday, June 6, 2015!
Join us for a festival of citizen-driven action!

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A dedicated team of Hamilton volunteers are working in collaboration to organize a city-wide event taking place on Saturday, June 6th called 100in1Day Hamilton. 100in1Day is a growing global movement that is changing how people interact with their cities. Originating in Bogotá, Colombia in 2012, it has encouraged hundreds of one-day community-based interventions in cities around the world. Interventions can include things like street art, urban gardens, beautification projects, social events, and improvements in city infrastructure, which are all being profiled on the same day in a city-wide festival. This year, Hamilton will be joining cities around the world, along with Toronto, Vancouver, and Halifax, to strive for 100+ community led projects all being profiled on Saturday, June 6th. Register your urban intervention at www.hamilton.100in1day.ca!

Free Workshops available to develop Urban Interventions

All across the city, people are invited to attend workshops to develop their 100 in 1 Day interventions—from idea to execution. This workshop process is meant to inspire creative and reflective urban interventions, and for you to share your ideas for making your city a better place to live. Find a schedule of these free workshops online at hamilton.100in1day.ca/#events and register for a workshop today. If your group wishes to do have a private workshop, please email us to schedule one.

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