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Pavement to Plazas: The Vancouver Experience

Focus Area: Places that are for people
Format: Breakout Panel
Full Description: Over the past several years, Vancouver has emerged as a North American leader in placemaking and sustainable transportation.

This session will provide an overview of Vancouver’s emerging pavement to plazas program, with a focus on three recent case studies where streets in established neighbourhoods were transformed into vibrant public plazas.

The session will highlight key steps to delivering a successful plaza from start to finish, including low cost pilot and interim approaches, as well as permanent designs. It will highlight different ways that projects can be initiated—for example, using traffic diversions on cycling routes as opportunities to create great public spaces—and how to leverage common interests across departments. It will include secrets to success and lessons learned from each project, as well as strategies for building community support and breaking through common barriers to road space transformation.

The lessons learned and strategies discussed will be shared in a way that is transferrable to other cities, which will enable a lively discussion either in Q+A or small table format after the presentation.

Presenters: Paul Krueger and John Grottenberg, planners with the City of Vancouver.


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