Author: Stephen Irving

800 Robson Street Plaza Update

The 800 block of Robson Street is set to receive a complete makeover after Vancouver city council approved a $5.38-million budget to revamp the existing temporary plaza with a permanent design that acknowledges the high profile nature of the space and its usage for events and festivals....

Letter to Mayor Stewart and Members of Council re: 800 Robson

Dear Mayor Stewart and Members of Council, I am writing on behalf of the Downtown Vancouver Association to address a recent decision to defer the approval of funding for the completion of the 800 Block of Robson Square in late December 2018. As advocates for social diversity, economic resilience and urban innovation in Vancouver’s MetroCore, the DVA strongly supports the...

In Defence of Produce Row

Participating in the process to develop the planning principles for the new St. Paul’s Hospital Precinct, and the Viaducts and False Creek Flats, the primary issue of concern that emerged for the DVA was the impact of the street network, particularly on the functionality of...

Northeast False Creek Workshop Response

DVA has consistently advocated meaningful streetscape connectivity as a primary element of any urban design proposition. Streets need consideration as activity and lingering places in addition to being passages that one traverses. We support the City’s aspiration for the new NEFC Streets to be “Great Streets”....

DVA Community Health and Well-Being Timeline 2015-2016

November to December 2015, 7 Roundtables on Health & Well-Being through lens of each of 7 topics: Public Realm, Community, Economy, Food, Housing, Transportation, Substance Abuse. Since then the DVA process, in addition to monthly Board meetings, has been as follows: December 10, 2015: DVA AGM...

Planning Commentary on the New St. Paul’s Hospital

Through our community engagement over the last four years the DVA has extensively explored the inter-relationships between diverse professional interests in developing advocacy on critical community issues. We have primarily done this through our DVA “Quilting” process, where the overlay of insights gleaned from our...

DVA Health and Wellbeing Roundtable Metrocore Quilt Boards

The purpose of the 2015 DVA Transportation Roundtables was to develop a shared discourse regarding city building and health and wellbeing in the Vancouver’s MetroCore. THE “METROCORE QUILT” PROCESS Participants in each of our seven workshops discussed and developed ideas over a “MetroCore Quilt” game board. The informal nature of this...

DVA Directors Report – December 2015

DVA Directors Report  - December 2015 This time last year we thought we had done our heavy lifting.  But then the fun began!  We had determined that transportation was essential infrastructure like water, whose tap should not be choked off. We summarised that as transportation =...

Highlights from Roundtable 7: Substance Habituation

The DVA – Connecting the Dots: Towards Health and Wellbeing in our Communities… On December 10, 2015, the DVA held its seventh in a series of Metrocore Quilting roundtables exploring the connection between this year’s subject area Health and Wellbeing and some of the key components...

Highlights from Roundtable 6: Active Transportation

The DVA – Connecting the Dots: Towards Health and Wellbeing in our Communities… On December 9, 2015, the DVA held its sixth in a series of Metrocore Quilting roundtables exploring the connection between this year’s subject area Health and Wellbeing and some of the key components...