City of Vancouver's Places for People Downtown
In June 2017, the City of Vancouver’s Department of Planning, Urban Design and Sustainability launched Places for People Downtown, a planning process to create a strategy that will shape the future of public space and public life in Downtown Vancouver over the next 30 years.
After launching with an online survey and asset mapping exercise on Talk Vancouver, project lead Thomas Daley and the Places for People Downtown team conducted a number of public space engagement events in Downtown Vancouver, popped-up at community festivals and events, co-hosted a street photography contest with Archive Magazine, held a variety of stakeholder meetings including a Dinner and Dialogue on Public Space, hosted public space walking tours, and developed a public life storytelling campaign for social media. During the winter months, Hot Tea, Rain City offered cups of tea in exchange for discussion on public life in the rainy season.
Places for People Downtown also partnered with Gehl to conduct both a summer and winter Public Space and Public Life Study for Downtown Vancouver with the support of close to 500 volunteers. The findings of this research along with the values identified by through Places for People Downtown’s public engagement process informed the City of Vancouver’s Downtown Public Space Strategy which was unanimously passed by Vancouver City Council in 2020.