How can we reach our 2020
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GC 2020

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  1. More green space in East Van

    With the city's push to densify East Van, plans should also be made to add green space like parks. The Kensington are is already under serviced as far as recreation facilites and parks. Before you shove more people in, put more green space in!

    60 votes
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  2. promote native plant species

    Promote greenspace around infrastructure from native plant species.

    38 votes
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  4. B.C. Place's exterior should be green!!!

    B.C. Place's cement area (exterior) I think should be covered in plants and flowers. I think that would look nice and gives a fresh scent, plus it is good for Vancouver!

    16 votes
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  5. 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…

    14 votes
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  6. Create an interconnected urban ecosystem across the City

    Imagine a continuous canopy and healthy forest ecosystem spanning across the entire City.

    21 votes
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  7. Conserve our Urban Biodiversity: Save Vancouver’s Last Wild Salmon Stream

    At one time there were an estimated 100,000 salmon and sea-run trout spawning in the more than 50 creeks and streams that spread across Vancouver. As the city grew they were buried beneath pavement and landfill, or were crowded out by development so that salmon could no longer spawn within them. One by one our streams were lost.

    Amazingly Musqueam Creek survived and today is Vancouver's only remaining wild salmon stream. What does that mean? It means the Musqueam Creek Coho salmon are wild having spent their entire lifecycle in the wild, originating from parents and grandparents and great grand…

    26 votes
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  8. Treat our land and resources as sacred

    Include First Nations and/or elders on ways to respect our land and resources that make them sacred. Defining a culture that connects our past to the present.

    15 votes
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  9. Encourage public-led programs in parks and plazas

    Older cities around the globe are models for how to create dense, livable neighbourhoods. Creating smaller housing units in denser neighbourhoods is a great way to get people to live closer to the urban centre and preserve natural and agricultural areas in metropolitan area. Density alone will not create livable, dense cities. Parks and plazas become critical as they the space that was lost as the housing units and lot sizes get smaller. Many of the programs in public parks provide recreation opportunities, but there is also value in programs and events that enhance community. Some of these programs can…

    3 votes
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  10. Adopt an empty lot. Fill an empty bed

    Too much space in Vancouver lies fallow, artificially inflating demand for new construction, threatening farmland and driving up the cost of living. Oblige occupancy of vacant property and utilization of vacant land for urban agriculture, art or public greenspace.

    50 votes
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  11. Restore nature in Stanley Park by banning cars

    Ban private vehicles altogether - a public streetcar circling the park is all that's necessary. Work towards removal of Stanley Park Causeway altogether, providing an alternate crossing of the inlet. Every major remaining urban forest in BC has a highway running through it (e.g. Goldstream, Cathedral Grove). What message does that send out, I wonder?

    13 votes
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  12. natural heritage

    Encourage a reverence-for-nature mindset by designating specific trees / forests / creeks / natural zones (if any remain or are restored) with heritage designation signs and legal (possibly physical) protection as is done for old houses and buildings. Restore Gassy Jack's Bigleaf maple tree. Create a signed natural heritage walk in downtown Vancouver, highlighting important natural habitats or restoration projects and new protections.

    4 votes
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  13. wooden sidewalks

    Concrete production is one of the greatest greenhouse gas emitters The great expanses of solid surfaces in roads, parking lots, and sidewalks greatly increase rates of water run-off, impacting groundwater, streams, and near-shore ecosystems. Paving over nature also removed it, of course. A greener city includes more green, less grey concrete or black pavement. In BC, we already have several places where wooden walkways are in use in artistically pleasing and practical ways, placed with the intention of creating a lighter footprint. Is it absolutely essential that every sidewalk in Vancouver be made of concrete? As a start, I advocate…

    5 votes
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  14. Permeable pavements

    Use permeable paving in suitable areas with lower traffic volume (e.g. big block parking lots or smaller side streets)

    4 votes
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  15. Ban New paving

    Stop paving green space! There is a new unneeded and ugly sidewalk (8th ave example) and the US style electric lit AstroTurf rec complex at Jericho that has taken ridiculous amounts of green space away - leave well enough alone!

    10 votes
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  16. Support locals to green under-served local parks

    I lived next to Tatlow Park for many years (2nd ave at Macdonald). It's a stunning little park, with a daylighted stream, but it's actually pretty bare and has so much more potential to be beautiful. The city could provide matching grants if a local community self-organized to plant more native plants to further naturalize the park, or it could provide these plants at cost from a city-run nursury, and provide technical support to how to green the park in a way that balanced the needs of all residents. Our parks are beautiful but some could use more love, and…

    5 votes
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  17. Flower / Garden Bombs

    Set up coin operated vending machines with flower bombs as the product. A flower bomb is made from clay, soil, fertilizer, and seeds.

    The idea is to setup these vending machines allowing people to purchase a flower bomb and use to beautify our city.

    How to make flower bombs.
    http://www.flowerbomb.org/?p=1

    15 votes
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  18. Build Salt Marshes

    Salt marshes are among the most productive ecosystems in the world, and certainly some of the most productive that occur here on the BC coast (where we have a distinct lack of tropical rainforests and reefs). Salt marshes are nurseries for fishes and invertebrates, and provide an immense amount of food for other animals - especially migrating birds.

    However, as the Vancouver coastline has been developed and re-developed many of these valuable habitats have been destroyed. This is not entirely a sad story, as much of the Vancouver shore has been redeveloped in to the Sea Wall and other community…

    18 votes
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  19. redesign the "islands" under the cambie bridge

    The current granite rubble covering the piers of the cambie bridge is both ugly and sterile. This area could be easily redesigned into a viable habitat that would provide a sheltered/inaccessible piece of false creek to encourage both terrestrial and marine wildlife.

    9 votes
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  20. Create tax incentives for businesses to add planted outdoor spaces for their patrons

    [Submitted via mail by Penny Perry]

    "usinesses should be rewarded with lower taxes if they supply a planted refuge for their patrons. I am thinking of the fabulous space provided by La Casa Gelato on Glen Drive."

    4 votes
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