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

The Bentway 1_photo credit Wylie Poon Deliberately designing outdoor public spaces for rain and winter activities.

By Jada Stevens. Lead Photo by Wylie Poon Studies have shown that time spent outside is beneficial to mental and physical well being – in a number of different ways. In adults, depression rates decrease with outdoor physical activity and... Continue reading »

March 26, 2018   |   0 comments
wider sidewalks Improving walkability: curb cuts are key, but how about a broader Pedestrian Strategy?

This story has been updated.  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... Continue reading »

February 18, 2018   |   0 comments
Skating at Nathan Phillips Square Field notes from Toronto, Part 2: Outdoor skating, squares,.. and separate spheres

Skating at Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto Nathan Phillips Square, located at the forefront of Toronto’s iconic City Hall building, is a popular place for residents and visitors alike. It’s where the city’s recent New Year’s festivities took place and it... Continue reading »

January 8, 2012   |   0 comments
air-rail link exterior Field Notes from Toronto, Part 1: trains, bikes, beer and wayfinding

I just got back from visiting family and friends in Toronto. Always a good time! In addition to the holiday revelry that took place, I had a chance to take some long walks through the downtown core and some of... Continue reading »

January 5, 2012   |   1 comment
Toronto mayor looks to sell naming rights, allow corporate branding of public spaces

Public space issues in Toronto have been taking a bit of a drubbing since Mayor Rob Ford and his brother Doug were elected a few months ago. First there was the scuttling of millions of dollars of investment in a... Continue reading »

June 14, 2011   |   0 comments