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Bringing Vibrant Public Space to the ‘Burbs

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By Jason Neudorf

In Part I of this series, I suggested that many of the vibrant downtowns in North America are great places to raise families – or they would be if families could afford them.  Unfortunately, the very limited supply of housing that can reasonably be described as urban means that a lot of Millennials will be destined for the leafy frontiers of suburbia.  That is, unless housing markets are able to respond in a powerful way to increase the supply of urban housing.  There are many signs that this response is beginning to gain momentum, and the cities that foster growth in the supply of urban housing will be well poised to attract the talent and investment necessary for success in the 21st century. Continue reading

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Cultivating Communities

By Angela Henderson

In Vancouver, Canada, spring takes a few notable forms: cherry blossoms, umbrellas, and community gardens. Situated on Coast Salish Territory, Vancouver’s coastal temperate rainforest climate is a fertile environment for gardens and gardeners alike. Despite the scarcity of urban land, Vancouver has over 75 community gardens located in school yards, city parks, boulevards, disused railways and even at City Hall. Communal gardens in Vancouver are host to a range of urban initiatives and serve a wide cross-section of the community. Digging in the dirt is something we all share in common. Continue reading

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OpenCity Weekly Review

Here’s our weekly review rounding up the best stories and ideas in public space from cities around the world. This week we bring you articles focused on community engagement through creative reuse of space and public art installations from giant pillows in Vancouver to art in odd places in New York City (plus a cool infographic for good measure). Continue reading

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Lunch Meet: Making Friends With Food

By Lauren McGuire-Wood

For some, the term ‘lunch meat’ doesn’t conjure up the greatest images. Perhaps memories of trading away sandwiches on the playground are paired with it. In Vancouver, another use for the term has been found. With the simple switch of a vowel, the Vancouver Public Space Network (VPSN), Viva Vancouver, and architectural firm Space 2 Place introduced an event called Lunch Meet to the historic Gastown neighbourhood. Continue reading

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OpenCity Weekly Review

Here’s our weekly review rounding up the best stories and ideas in public space from cities around the world. This week we bring you an appeal for humane architecture, street chairs of Cairo, a classy flash mob in Spain, and an idea from 19th-century Rome to flood the city on hot summer days.

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Erasing Misconceptions at Vancouver Draw Down

By Lauren McGuire-Wood

It’s cathartic, creating something. Putting pen to paper and expressing whatever is on one’s mind. In the case of Vancouver Draw Down, this expression came from putting marker to paper.

Earlier this month, organizers of the annual Draw Down event invited Vancouverites of all ages and all manners of artistic backgrounds to 18 different venues around the city to draw something. Anything they wanted. Many among us may believe that we are incapable of producing anything artistic; Draw Down aims to break down the barriers that keep us thinking we cannot. Participants are encouraged not only to draw, doodle, and shade, but to challenge their preconceived notions of what is considered art and who is an artist. It also serves as a reminder of the purpose of good public spaces: community connection, dialogue, and, sometimes, innovation.

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OpenCity Weekly Review

Here’s our weekly review rounding up the best stories and ideas in public space from cities around the world. This week we bring you a 30 foot long lunch table set in the middle of Vancouver streets, how public transportation is leaving people with disabilities behind, virtual murals on real buildings, and the question: is the smartphone bad for public space?

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OpenCity Weekly Review

Here’s our weekly review rounding up the best stories and ideas in public space from cities around the world. This week we bring you a visualization of shipping routes from around the world, a new Vancouverism, the Maputo People’s Wall, and an interview with author Taras Grescoe about his book on public transit, Straphanger.

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