Vancouver Breweries Wellbeing Patio Study

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Facing tremendous economic pressure during the COVID-19 pandemic, Vancouver’s businesses have sought creative solutions to help people feel safe and comfortable while they reopen. In Vancouver, a number of local craft breweries proposed to transform parking spaces into patios over the summer of 2020. The City of Vancouver responded by permitting breweries, cafes and restaurants to temporarily transform parking spaces into patios and offer additional outdoor seating. The program was… Continue reading

Downtown Vancouver Laneway Activation Plan

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Downtown Vancouver is home to 70,000 people and provides employment to 140,000 people at more than 8,000 businesses. While Vancouverites are living and working closer together, many are feeling further apart than ever before. People are connected digitally, but isolated from their neighbours. They have access to more amenities, but their public spaces are becoming more crowded. Happy City is working with the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Area (DVBIA) on… Continue reading

Rapid Placemaking to Bring Back Main Street

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Canada’s main streets are the hearts of our communities. They are the places we go to work, shop, gather, and play. Restrictions to limit the spread of COVID-19 have hit main streets in cities and towns hard. Many small businesses have shuttered. Thousands more are grappling with an uncertain future. We need to act now to save these vital civic spaces. But if we want to make local commercial areas… Continue reading

Major Urban Parks Audit and Assessment

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Mexico City is home to two of the largest urban parks in the word: Chapultepec and San Juan de Aragon. Both parks offer green space, forested areas and amenities such as playgrounds and skate parks.  Happy City assessed the Ministry of Environment’s new vision for these major urban parks. We measured how the ministry’s investments in new infrastructure, landscaping and social programming impacted social wellbeing elements such as equity, safety,… Continue reading

Inspired by Nature: Superior Creative Placemaking Master Plan

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People walking on the streets during a festival in Superior

The Town of Superior, Colorado turned to Happy City to lead the creation of a strategy to unify the community through investment in art, public space design and programming. Inspired by Nature: Superior’s Creative Placemaking Master Plan provides arts and culture-based paths to elevate the town’s identity while celebrating its existing values and assets. Our approach to creating a made-in-Superior Creative Placemaking Master Plan focused on deep community engagement that… Continue reading