Vancouver Councillor gets the Urbanism Wrong

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During the 23 october 2013  Mount Peasant Community Plan Implementation Public Hearing held at Council Chambers Councillor Geoff Meggs consistently asked speakers at the podium misleading questions about the Mount Pleasant Charrette Plan. Prepared by the Mount Pleasant Implementation Committee (MPIC) acting independently of City planners the plan boldly calls for a New Planning Paradigm to come into effect outside the downtown tower districts.

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Communities Come Together

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City Hall is applying the wrong planning paradigm in Norquay, DTES, Mount Pleasant, Marpole, Granview-Woodland, and West End according to the neighbours. The people are mad as hell and won’t take it anymore. Join us 24 September at the front steps of our City Hall to keep our democracy free of the wrong kind of growth. The neighbourhoods are saying they welcome investment, but will not cede their future over to large scale development. People have clearly indicated a preference for a human scale urbanism, and consultative planning processes.

Letter to Brian Jackson

The Mount Pleasant Implementation Committee held its final meeting on Thursday 12 September at 1 Kingsway Community Centre. All present agreed that the community consultation process lead by the city was a bust. The implementation of a community plan showed no variation from the deplorable pattern set by staff when the plan was approved late in 2010. The plan was foisted on the community without the final version of the plan being vetted by the group chosen to represent the community.

In response the group issued this letter to the Director of Planning and Mayor and Council. Read Brian Jackson’s reply here. Continue reading

The End of an Era

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A Visual History of Vancouver, Bruce Macdonald (1992)

The signature feature of Mount Pleasant is its urbanism. It was built between 1908 and 1915 in the furor and frenzy that accompanied the run up to the opening of the Panama Canal (1915). However, there is evidence that points to the construction window being much tighter than seven years. The chart shows a precipitous decline in the issuance of building permits starting in early 1912. Continue reading

The New Urban Paradigm

Livable Streets, Walkable Neighbourhoods, Affordable Regions

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China Creek Park

Re-zoning neighbourhood land to tower densities is fuelling land speculation and triggering a crisis in housing affordability. How can we reverse this trend, build walkable neighbourhoods and livable streets? Continue reading