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

The VPSN Manifesto is intended as a means to give our elected officials, local political parties, grassroots organizations, voters and residents-at-large a sense of the critical issues for the city’s public realm and larger urban environment. The Manifesto is a collaborative effort, produced by the Vancouver Public Space Network with broad input from our membership and in consultation with various experts in urban issues.

This year, VPSN will produce the third edition of our Manifesto on Public Space Policy. Our first, the 2008 Public Space Manifesto, and second 2012 Routemap, continue to be reference documents and guidebooks for public space policy related activities. Material from previous editions will be updated to reflect changes that have occurred over the last few years. The Big Ideas are 12 Priority Areas we see as an early release of the VPSN Manifesto on public space policy.

We’ve made online access to the Routemap 2012-2014 and the original Manifesto 2008-2011. You can access a PDF version of these documents below.


Here are the VPSN’s priorities for the consideration of candidates for local government to take action on from 2014 to 2018. VPSN has updated its Manifesto on Public Space Policy and has drafted a short synopsis – aptly titled 50 Ideas to improve public spaces. This document was launched during VPSN’s Last Candidate Standing event; when the VPSN simultaneously released these series of policy recommendations for improving the state of Vancouver’s public spaces.


In late 2011, immediately prior to the 2011 election, the Manifesto was reviewed. An updated document – entitled Routemap 2012-2014 – was revised in 2012. Both documents continue to provide useful information on the importance of good public space policy in Vancouver.







The VPSN’s original Manifesto 2008-2011 was produced for the 2008 municipal election and was developed for use by policy-makers, aspirants to political office, city staff, representatives of private and non-profit sectors, and residents and citizens at large. In short: everyone who has a stake in the design and use of our urban landscape.