Highlights from Roundtable 6: Health and Environment

DVA Quilt board 6 - Health and Environment

09 Nov Highlights from Roundtable 6: Health and Environment

Connecting the Dots: Towards a Transportation Referendum…

DVA Workshop Group 6On November 9, 2014, the DVA held the sixth in a series of seven Metrocore Quilting workshops (or roundtables) looking at the connection between transportation and some of the key components of successful city-making. The goal is to generate a “quilt” of insights leading to inform the development of a DVA advocacy strategy for the Metro Vancouver Transit Referendum, expected to be held in the spring of 2015.

…a health and environment perspective

The November 9th event brought together participants involved in health and environmental issues to explore the shared understanding between residents, businesses, and community organizations that can help us take effective action in improving transportation in Vancouver’s Metrocore.

Here are some of the key findings from the event.:

Key Takeaways: Health and Environment

DVA Sketch - Health & Environment

  • Flexible and intelligent leadership and regulation:
    • Learn from successful, smart world cities….don’t reinvent;
    • Social health….transportation choice = housing choice;
  • Public spaces that are conciliatory and convivial that meet diverse needs and build resilience:
    • Oasis for tranquility of mind;
    • Urban habitats: “frogs, food and friends”;
    • Healthy urban fabric.
  • Food systems as a community connector…
    • … from hidden in plain sight to the connective tissue for a healthy and sustainable city;
    • Increasing access to healthy and sustainable food at key transportation nodes;
    • Allotment gardens| condo agriculture.