Conversation #2: What do we do about neighbourhoods?
Some argue that “neighbourhood character” must be maintained to preserve the diversity of the city. Others note however that “neighbourhood character” frequently serves as an instrument of exclusion, making people feel unwelcome and marginalizing them.
Neighbourhoods that do not evolve risk stagnation, while neighbourhoods that change too rapidly erase the attributes that make them unique.
Are there then qualities of neighbourhoods that should be cultivated or protected? As Vancouver faces a housing crisis, how do we go about discussing neighbourhood change?
Four panelists share their insights about their local places:
Richard Evans – Chair of RePlan, a committee of the False Creek South Neighbourhood Association
Scot Hein – adjunct professor in the Master of Urban Design program at UBC, previously the senior urban designer with the City of Vancouver
Jada-Gabrielle Pape – facilitator and consultant with Courage Consulting
Jennifer Maiko Bradshaw – renter, pro-housing activist and director of Abundant Housing Vancouver
Wednesday, October 9
SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (SFU Woodwards) – 149 West Hastings Street
Free, donations appreciated.
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