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Shaping Vancouver 2016: What’s a Neighbourhood?

April 13, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Admission is free; though donations are much appreciated 

Many things make up a desirable neighbourhood such as how well it accommodates day-to-day life, the existence of visually and spacially interesting architectural and physical features, how social, community activities and human interaction are encouraged, pedestrian oriented retail and commercial areas, distinguishable area character, green spaces, and accommodation for multiple modes of transportation.

A panel will explore what features could be considered necessary to have living and vibrant neighbourhoods and communities as well as discuss what we should keep in mind as we manage change to Vancouver’s neighbourhoods.

In addition Don Luxton, lead consultant on the Heritage Action Plan, will present an update on one of the most anticipated pieces of the Heritage Action Plan, the Character Home Component, which will be going before Vancouver City Council in the Spring.

A general discussion with the audience will follow the presentation and conversation.

About this series

Following an extremely successful Shaping Vancouver 2015 series on the City of Vancouver Heritage Action Plan, its initiative to update how the City’s heritage conservation is managed, Heritage Vancouver is thrilled to present our award winning series for 2016.

The series will put together heritage and community experts together to engage in conversation with the public around the heritage of our neighbourhoods, not only in terms of conservation but also in terms of the legacy we are creating for the future of Vancouver and what the actions we are taking today might mean for heritage in the future. The series will begin with an overview of how we may define a neighborhood and what is needed to create community. The series will then take the discussion to specific neighbourhoods in our city.

With close to 1000 residential buildings being torn down in Vancouver in 2015, many residents fear the erasure of neighbourhood character as demolitions become rampant. There is a general sense that new construction, an increase in empty houses and neighbourhood plans lack consideration for the existing neighbourhood context.

These conversations are intended to explore how we can accommodate change and preserve what is important to neighbourhoods and community.


SFU Goldcorp Centre
149 W Hastings
Vancouver, Canada


Heritage Vancouver
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