February 17 2021

Virtual Panel Event - Closer to Home: The Case for Complete Neighbourhoods

Part of The Future We Want: The Change We Need, an event series hosted by the City of Vancouver in partnership with SFU.

Many of Vancouver's early-20th-century neighbourhoods include a mix of housing types, shops, schools, parks and more, allowing many residents’ needs to be met close to home. However, the legacy of planning for most neighbourhoods in Vancouver is one of exclusion and displacement based on income, race, ability and other elements of our identities. Today, many would argue that their neighbourhoods are not “complete.” As we look forward, the first question that the City must reconcile in completing its neighbourhoods is the fact that they are situated on unceded xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) land. Layered on this are other questions such as: 

  • What do neighbourhoods mean to Vancouverites? 
  • When is a neighbourhood “complete,” and does a more complete neighbourhood actually benefit residents? 
  • Can we prevent displacement as we accommodate change?
  • What is our best thinking about how to meet diverse needs in our neighbourhoods? 
  • What has Vancouver missed or erased in the way we have planned and constructed our neighbourhoods in the past century, and what lessons from history can be employed to ensure more liveable neighbourhoods in the future? 
  • Does strengthening individual neighbourhoods strengthen the city overall? 

This thought-provoking evening will feature a panel of knowledgeable presenters who think about neighbourhoods from different perspectives.

Click here for more information, or to register. 

March → May 2021

My City, My Neighbourhood: Participatory Mapping Workshops (Online)

A second round of our popular My City, My Neighbourhood: Participatory Mapping Workshops (Online) has been scheduled. Create a digital map of the places you use and love: favourite shops and cafes, cultural centres, parks, and any other important spots. Explore the idea of neighbourhood boundaries, identity, connections, and emotional landscape of your part of the city. For registration and details, please click here.

April 2021

Sketching the Future: Complete Neighbourhood Design Workshops (Online)

A series of six Sketching the Future: Complete Neighbourhood Design Workshops (Online) has been scheduled between April 21 and April 29. Join us at one of these sessions and have your ideas for Complete Neighbourhoods come to life! Participants will work in small groups with a skilled illustrator to sketch out possibilities for future complete neighbourhoods. Registration is now open. For details, please click here.

April → June 2021

Understanding Priorities: Complete Neighbourhoods Survey

Understanding Priorities: Complete Neighbourhoods Survey is now open. As we plan for the future, we’re looking for your input on what changes can be made across the city to support a network of complete, connected communities. There’s a short questionnaire if you only have 5 minutes, and a longer one if you’re willing to spend a bit more time. To complete the survey, please click here.

Deadline: May 16, 2021 [extended until June 15, 2021] 

BONUS: Participants who complete the longer Understanding Priorities survey will be entered in a random draw. Three $150 Support Local BC gift cards are available to be won.