Advocacy, education and outreach in support of Vancouver's public spaces

wider sidewalks Improving walkability: curb cuts are key, but how about a broader Pedestrian Strategy?

In January, a Council motion was introduced by Councillors Elizabeth Ball and Melissa DeGenova which called for focussed attention on the City’s pedestrian curb ramp program. This is the portion of the City’s budget that funds curb cuts and related... Continue reading »

February 18, 2018   |   0 comments
Pioneer Courthouse Square Field Notes: Pioneer Courthouse Square – Portland’s Living Room

Article and cover photo by Hema Ramnani. Affectionately referred to as the city’s ‘living room,’ the red brick amphitheater that makes up Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square represents a highly successful recipe for activation and place-making. Like a living room or... Continue reading »

February 15, 2018   |   0 comments
A-Mazing Laughter. Phot by Mike McHolm (Creative Commons) Public Art – iconic and instagrammable

Story by Anke Hurt. Lead photo by Mike McHolm (Creative Commons) Sometimes art is meant to change our view of the world — and public art, in particular, has the ability to make urban space “live” differently. It can be... Continue reading »

February 7, 2018   |   0 comments
vancouver city hall Three ideas to improve the experience of speaking to City Council

Recently, Vancouver’s City Clerk held a survey looking for input on “improving the experience of speaking to City Council.” The Council Chambers at City Hall is one of the city’s key democratic spaces, and a truly important public space in the civic... Continue reading »

January 31, 2018   |   0 comments
Art Phillips Park 1 Art Phillips Park: a small space in a pivotal location

By Jada Stevens In the heart of Vancouver’s financial district there is a triangle shaped park were a set of steps lead down into a lush terraced garden. Grassy areas, bordered by benches, invite office workers to escape their cubicles... Continue reading »

January 29, 2018   |   0 comments