Let’s Talk Urbanism on the Radio

Local radio stations have joined in the debate providing an invaluable service by opening up the airwaves to an open discussion about the future of Vancouver’s neighbourhoods.

The Bill Good Show, Radio CKNW. Host: Bill Good. 18 july 2013.

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RAMP Design House

RAMP design house

On a warm sunny evening in July over 35 dedicated and concerned citizens came together at St. Patricks store front community space to share concerns about the scale and massing of the Rize development proposal. The community outreach event was hosted by the Resident’s Association of Mount Pleasant. Continue reading

Small is Beautiful

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8th Avenue and Prince Albert, Mount Pleasant

On 22 june 2013 the Mount Pleasant Implementation Committee (MPIC) held a self-directed design workshop to test applying charrette methods to the redevelopment of the neighbourhood. On the evening of 24 june the results of the workshop were presented to the public at Our Town Café. On 11 july the products of the workshop were shown at the MPIC meeting. Download a pdf copy of the presentation here.

The findings are startling!

  1. As one of 23 neighbourhoods in the City of Vancouver, all more or less of equal size, the Mount Pleasant share of the Regional Growth Strategy (RGS) targets for 2040 can be estimated as 7,000 persons. This is one twentieth of the 140,000 persons in the RGS.
  2. Good urbanism is not just about Density. Historical precedent, the human experience in public space, and neighbourhood-level social functioning must also be taken into account.
  3. Mount Pleasant is the only historic neighbourhood in the city developing its own brand of urbanism outside the downtown core. Continue reading