From Heritage Vancouver and SFU Woodwards:
Conversation No. 3 – Change is coming to Cambie, Main, Fraser
In this panel, speakers discuss the impact of Transit Oriented Development (TOD) along some of our prominent North South arterial streets – Cambie, Main, Fraser, and the communities along them.
Increasingly, we see the character and street level retail disrupted by the creation of high-density mixed-use areas close to public transport. Although this kind of development increases the housing supply, questions around diversity, density distribution, community assets, and neighbourhood quality remain. It is a model that appears to preserve low-density single-family neighbourhoods by introducing Metrotown like developments.
Is this the best way for Vancouver to address the development imperatives it is facing and if the preservation of low-density single family areas justify the creation of high density nodes?
The panel will explore what factors make a street work, including how accessible it is for various modes of transportation, how it allows for a variety of activities, how pedestrian oriented it is, whether it provides comfortable gathering spaces, and how it contributes to a distinct image of its neighbourhoods as a means to assess the impact of the TOD development being proposed for Vancouver. A general discussion with the audience follows at the end.
Wednesday, June 15
7 – 9 pm
Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts – 149 W. Hastings Street
Free, donations appreciated.
Danielle Peacock has lived in Mount Pleasant for over thirty-five years and am a long-time resident of the Quebec Manor Housing Co-op.
Gordon Price is the Director of the City Program at Simon Fraser University (currently on leave).
Claudia Laroye is the Executive Director of the Marpole Business Association.
Mike Klassen (@MikeKlassen) is a senior strategic communications and public affairs professional who works with stakeholders in government and the non-profit and private sectors.
Javier Campos is the Principal of Campos Studio.