Planning Vancouver Together: Complete, Connected Neighbourhoods

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We’re reaching out to all those who live, work and play in Vancouver to help shape ‘Complete Neighbourhoods’: a strong network of unique, connected places across the city.

A Complete Neighbourhood has all of your essential needs within close proximity to one another, and supports the needs of all residents in a community, regardless of income, culture, background or abilities. Think: diverse housing options, a mix of shops and services, alongside childcare facilities, libraries, galleries and recreation centres – linked by lively pathways, parks and plazas.

Creating “Complete, Connected, and Culturally Vibrant Neighbourhoods” is a key goal of the City’s strategic Vancouver Plan.

Planning for complete neighbourhoods is an opportunity to strengthen all areas of the city – for the benefit of everyone. Join the discussion by participating in a dialogue session, taking a self-guided walking tour, or attending one of our upcoming online workshops and make your mark on creating long-lasting change in your community, and beyond.

We’re reaching out to all those who live, work and play in Vancouver to help shape ‘Complete Neighbourhoods’: a strong network of unique, connected places across the city.

A Complete Neighbourhood has all of your essential needs within close proximity to one another, and supports the needs of all residents in a community, regardless of income, culture, background or abilities. Think: diverse housing options, a mix of shops and services, alongside childcare facilities, libraries, galleries and recreation centres – linked by lively pathways, parks and plazas.

Creating “Complete, Connected, and Culturally Vibrant Neighbourhoods” is a key goal of the City’s strategic Vancouver Plan.

Planning for complete neighbourhoods is an opportunity to strengthen all areas of the city – for the benefit of everyone. Join the discussion by participating in a dialogue session, taking a self-guided walking tour, or attending one of our upcoming online workshops and make your mark on creating long-lasting change in your community, and beyond.

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Broadway and Arbutus Neighbourhood Elements Tour

3 months

Welcome to the Broadway & Arbutus neighbourhood in Kitsilano! 

Named after Squamish Chief August Jack Khatsahlano, Kitsilano is one of the city’s original ‘streetcar suburbs.’ The Broadway & Arbutus area covered in this tour was also a center for hippie culture in the 1960s. Today, this neighbourhood continues to offer a wide range of social, cultural and recreational opportunities, diverse housing, vibrant retail spaces, and excellent public spaces.

We humbly acknowledge that this tour takes place on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. These lands are the foundation of thousands of years of living culture of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh peoples.

The City is currently developing the Vancouver Plan to guide growth and change in the city for the next 30 years, along with a focussed Broadway Plan for areas around the new Broadway Subway. One of the guiding goals of Vancouver Plan is the creation of Complete, connected, and culturally vibrant neighbourhoods. But what is a complete neighbourhood? How “complete” is Broadway & Arbutus? Are there elements from this neighbourhood that can be shared with the rest of the city?

Starting point: Starting at West 4th Avenue and Burrard Street, the start of this tour is easily accessed through public transit (4, 7, 14, 84 Buses) and the Burrard bike lane. Paid parking is available on along West 4th Avenue. 

Accessibility: This tour will take approximately 60-90 minutes (depending on how quickly you move!). The route includes modest changes in grade.


Things to think about

This map contains some of the many features that help to make the Broadway & Arbutus neighbourhood diverse, intriguing and popular. While you’re touring the neighbourhood, take a moment to think about how all different aspects work together to make the neighbourhood what it is.

  • What makes this neighbourhood unique? What stood out for you on the tour? 
  • Are there features of the Broadway & Arbutus area that you’d like to see in other neighbourhoods? 
  • Are there missing elements that you’d like to see added to the area?
  • Complete for whom? How might the idea of ‘neighbourhood completeness’ change depending on life circumstances? (e.g. different ages, identities, backgrounds and abilities).
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Grandview-Woodland and Hastings-Sunrise Neighbourhood Elements Tour

3 months

Welcome to the Grandview-Woodland & Hastings-Sunrise neighbourhood! 

This East Vancouver area is known for its eclectic charm and character. With great access to cultural facilities, arts venues, vibrant retail high streets, schools, and more there are many reasons why the Hastings and Nanaimo area – on the border of Grandview-Woodland & Hastings-Sunrise – is such a desirable place to live, work, and play. 

We humbly acknowledge that this tour takes place on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. These lands are the foundation of thousands of years of living culture of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh peoples.  

The City is currently developing the Vancouver Plan to guide growth and change in the city for the next 30 years. One of the guiding goals is the creation of Complete, connected, and culturally vibrant neighbourhoods. But what is a complete neighbourhood? How “complete” is Grandview-Woodland & Hastings-Sunrise? Are there elements from this neighbourhood that can be shared with the rest of the city?

Starting point: The starting point for this walk is on Hastings and Victoria and is easily accessed by public transit (14, 16 Buses) and the Adanac bikeway. Parking is available on most side streets.

Accessibility: This tour will take approximately 60 minutes (depending on how quickly you move!). The route includes minimal changes in grade.


Things to think about

This map contains some of the many features that help to make the Grandview-Woodland & Hastings-Sunrise neighbourhood diverse, intriguing and popular. While you’re touring the neighbourhood, take a moment to think about how all different aspects work together to make the neighbourhood what it is.

  • What makes this neighbourhood unique? What stood out for you on the tour? 
  • Are there features of the Grandview-Woodland & Hastings-Sunrise area that you’d like to see in other neighbourhoods? 
  • Are there missing elements that you’d like to see added to the area?
  • Complete for whom? How might the idea of ‘neighbourhood completeness’ change depending on life circumstances? (e.g. different ages, identities, backgrounds and abilities).
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Main & Broadway Neighbourhood Elements Tour

3 months

Welcome to the Main & Broadway neighbourhood in Mount Pleasant! 

One of Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhoods, Mount Pleasant demonstrates a variety of residential, commercial, and even light industrial uses to this day. This vibrant and eclectic neighbourhood continues to be a draw for urban professionals, families, and anyone interested in heritage and the arts.

We humbly acknowledge that this tour takes place on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. These lands are the foundation of thousands of years of living culture of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh peoples.  

The City is currently developing the Vancouver Plan to guide growth and change in the city for the next 30 years, along with a focussed Broadway Plan for areas around the new Broadway Subway. One of the guiding goals of Vancouver Plan is the creation of Complete, connected, and culturally vibrant neighbourhoods. But what is a complete neighbourhood? How “complete” is Uptown and Broadway West? Are there elements from this neighbourhood that can be shared with the rest of the city?

Starting point: Starting at the Mount Pleasant Community Centre (1 Kingsway), the beginning of the tour is easily accessed through public transit (9, 99, 8, 19, 3 Buses) and the 10th Ave Bikeway. Street parking is available, along with paid lots on Main St and Broadway, among others. 

Accessibility: This tour will take approximately 60 minutes (depending on how quickly you move!). The route includes modest changes in grade.


Things to think about

This map contains some of the many features that help to make the Main & Broadway neighbourhood diverse, intriguing and popular. While you’re touring the neighbourhood, take a moment to think about how all different aspects work together to make the neighbourhood what it is.

  • What makes this neighbourhood unique? What stood out for you on the tour? 
  • Are there features of the Main & Broadway area that you’d like to see in other neighbourhoods? 
  • Are there missing elements that you’d like to see added to the area?
  • Complete for whom? How might the idea of ‘neighbourhood completeness’ change depending on life circumstances? (e.g. different ages, identities, backgrounds and abilities).