Conference on Complete Communities

Some may recall I wrote about a very interesting discussion on Vancouver for Renters last month. In the same series of events put on by SFU Public Square, the next event is a discussion entitled “Closer To Home: The Case for Complete Neighbourhoods.” Quoting from their website:

“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’.”

This leads to numerous questions, including:

“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? “

Once again, the discussion will be helmed by SFU’s Meg Holden and Andy Yan. They have gathered together a diverse collection of speakers.

This ZOOM conference takes place at 6:30pm on 17th February, and registration is made through the website.

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