Downtown Vancouver Re-Imagined
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association (DVBIA). To commemorate this milestone, we partnered with SFU Public Square to launch Re-Imagine Downtown Vancouver, a public engagement process to co-create a future-oriented and inclusive experience over the next 25 years. This is the culmination of our engagement work.
During the summer in 2015, we conducted a comprehensive community engagement process that connected with thousands of downtown Vancouver residents, community members, and business people in order to “re-imagine” downtown Vancouver. The process has offered a rewarding opportunity for the DVBIA to connect and collaborate with the broader downtown community. We are proud of the depth and quality of our engagement work, and have received positive feedback from participants and observers.
This document is a summary of what we have learned. It identifies a high-level vision, along with some specific ideas that the DVBIA and other stakeholders can implement to improve the experience for people when they are downtown. We hope that it results in a more connected and engaged downtown community that will help shape what downtown will be in 2040, and to be an active participant and leader in realizing this dream. The report is intended for community groups, businesses and the City to use to help implement ideas that most resonate with them. The DVBIA will use the research to inform its new five-year strategic plan.