Community-led, City-funded Neighbourhood Beautification!
Dedicate a City fund to neighbourhood beautification led by citizens. The city becomes more beautiful and residents have ownership over spaces in their neighbourhoods. A win-win approach with resilient outcomes.
Projects could include: developing park spaces, recreation spaces, depaving, constructing community gardens, building simple community space infrastructure, creating public art, etc.
Citizens would approach the City department with requests for beautification projects in their neighbourhoods providing project details and numbers of volunteers available. The City would assess the project for cost and effectiveness. If approved, the City would provide skilled supervisors, tools, a project schedule and infrastructure funding. The citizens would provide the beautification ideas and labour required.
The City saves money on beautification by using volunteer citizen labour while citizens improve the livability of their neighbourhoods and create the spaces they want to live in!
No such thing as City funded. All money comes from the taxpayer anyways.
All this can already be done. If you want some beautification in your neighborhood get a petition going, signed and sent to city hall.
Look around where they built gardens and benches around the west back lane at 47th + 48th and Fraser. Sure looks good for a few months out of the year when things grow.