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 be effectively delivered by community groups within the neighbourhoods. Dufferin Grove Park in Toronto is a good example of how public participation in the life of the park enhances the existing programs offered by the City as well creating strong social networks within the community. These programs include community gardens, theatre, dinners made from organic and local food. Dinner on a Friday night costs $6 for a vegetarian or non-veg meal. The City should allow more community groups the freedom to establish and deliver their own programs to enhance the cultural life of our cities.