How can we reach our 2020
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GC 2020

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  1. Put the Blue into Green: daylight our Lost Creeks

    The few Vancouver creeks that have been daylighted is a tragedy. In just a century, we’ve covered over dozens of fresh water creeks that used to traverse Vancouver. In doing so, we’ve also annihilated the plant, marine, bird and ground animal wild life that thrived in these natural, unique ecosystems. A City green vision that fails to bring back the sound of bubbling fresh water creeks, ponds, and natural adjacent linear park ways that these creeks can offer would be a travesty. Visit the tiny portion of Hastings Park (PNE grounds) that is supporting the daylighting of Hastings Creek and…

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  2. Green Hastings Park

    This public asset is being used by a Casino, a dying horse racing industry, a year round comercial rental industry, a noisy amusement park, and two coorporate ball clubs.

    Daylight the salmon stream, return the community soccer fields. etc...

    145 votes
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  3. Convert streets to mini parks, green linkages and/or open space

    The conversion of streets/asphalt into mini parks with bike paths, green linkages and landscaping would optimize pedestrian and cycling access, and improves neighbourhood connections. Incorporate walkways, large trees, low shrub planting, furnishings and special features.

    78 votes
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  4. Develop more useable and green school grounds

    School grounds could be more attractive, green, home to habitat. Encourage more greening and beautification of school grounds with plantings, more trees and arboretums. Encourage community gardens on school grounds for educational and aesthetic purposes.

    73 votes
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  5. Protect our coast & inlets. Being green requires being blue when you live on the coast.

    We can't be the greenest city in the world without taking care of our coast and ocean area. We need: urban marine protected areas; strict regulations for oil tankers; habitat enhancement; the best sewage treatment in the world; pesticide bans; beach clean-ups; and a beach culture that revers the ocean and what it provides us!

    72 votes
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  6. Revitalize the False Creek Flats

    False Creek used to end all the way out before Clark Drive as tidal flats 100 years ago, before the construction of a bulkhead near Quebec street to keep the tide back. These tidal flats formed an important estuary system for the salmon-spawning creeks which flowed into False Creek and is essential in bringing back any of these lost streams and the salmon they support.

    Deconstruct the bulkhead and allow the tide to wash in and out through a series of tidal canals. The canals could lead to estuary parks where streams like Brewery Creek and China Creek could pour…

    70 votes
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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. Demolish Sears and replace it with a big green plaza

    Downtown Vancouver lacks a central open space where people come first rather than cars. The green spaces that exist are all boxed in by cars on all sides. This creates an uncomfortable, noisy environment where nobody wants to stop and hang around.

    Right in the middle of this, we have the Sears building: a gigantic, bland eyesore that is mostly empty. It blocks the view between several heritage buildings and adds to the claustrophobic feeling of downtown.

    If Sears is demolished, an enormous space opens up from Vancouver Block to the Art Gallery. This could be modeled into a huge…

    48 votes
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  10. promote native plant species

    Promote greenspace around infrastructure from native plant species.

    38 votes
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  11. 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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  12. Provide more park and public open space in under-served areas

    There should be more parks and open spaces available to the public in under-served areas of the city.

    25 votes
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  13. Tree Removal Permit Fee Tied to Age of Tree

    The fee that the City charges for a permit to cut down a tree should be tied to the age of the tree. More mature trees should have a larger penalty for removal. i.e. $5/year in tree's age. The current removal fee ($59) is too small to be a deterrent. (Idea submitted by public via twitter)

    24 votes
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  14. Improve Wild Salmon habitat by creating mini road end parks along the North Arm of the Fraser River

    [Submitted via email by Terry Slack]

    One way to improve the quality of migrating Juvenile salmon habitat in the Fraser River is to improve the quality of water going into the Fraser River and restore small pockets of important" tidal juvenile salmon ribbon marsh habitat"! Drainages from roads etc. located near road ends travel in open drainage ditches and is discharged directly into the North Arm of the Fraser River untreated . Creating Salmon Friendly Mini Parks at all the road ends in South Vancouver, Marpole etc. not only adds much needed greenspace, but these parks can be designed in…

    22 votes
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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 17 votes
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  18. 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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  19. Protect wildlife habitats

    An important part of living in a "Green" city goes beyond clean air, water, & waste management. It also includes protection of our local wildlife. I am always shocked each year with the number of black bears that are put down by wildlife management staff. Is this the best "management" policy of our wildlife that Vancouver can come up with? It's time for Vancouver & its surrounding communities to get to the root of the problem, which is urban development infringing on wildlife habitats and depletion of their food sources. I always say, that if you want to live in…

    16 votes
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  20. 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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