Crosstown Greenway: Youth-led placemaking for safer streets

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The people who use city spaces are the experts on how those spaces succeed or fail them. In the spring of 2021, Happy City worked with the City of New Westminster and Glenbrook Middle School to install new student-designed curb bump-outs and bring a co-created community engagement initiative to life. Supported by Spin (a leading micromobility company), this project had two main goals: to bring awareness to the Glenbrook/Rotary Crosstown… Continue reading

Agnes Street Greenway

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Agnes Street Greenway

Need to get people to use your city’s new greenway or bike lane? Engage residents and stakeholders to line the route with co-created eye-catching activations, like art, and reframe streets as public space!  The City of New Westminster is creating a new 1.2-kilometre greenway along Agnes Street to support walking, wheeling, and cycling. The greenway will feature a two-way protected cycling path, improved sidewalks for people, as well as street… Continue reading

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 Transformation Strategy

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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 Association (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

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