Last week the City of Vancouver announced that it had come to an agreement with Canadian Pacific Railways to purchase the Arbutus Transportation Corridor for $55M. Within days, the City held a Pop-Up City Hall meeting literally on the corridor to inform the public and to gather feedback on planning and the next steps (CBC TV Story here). Such nimble public process is exemplary.
The idea of mobile public involvement tools is not new. The BMW Guggenheim Lab (below) is a fancy version that has been around for a while, but one has to admire the speed and simplicity of a simple tent, some information boards, hot chocolate and coffee and some different ways people can share their ideas and see those of their neighbours.
Photo Credir: BMW Guggenheim Lab
Michael Mortensen, MA MCIP, RPP – a Vancouver Developer & Planner http://www.liveablecityplanning.com