Your city. Your ideas. Our future.

Photo: Dream Vancouver Conference Dream Vancouver started with a simple idea - that citizens, not politicians or bureaucrats know what's really best for their community.

Between October 2007 and November 2008, we brought people together to discuss their public policy ideas and priorities for the City of Vancouver.

Dream Vancouver has hosted, listened and involved thousands of people at our conference, forums and workshops, and through our survey.

The objective of Dream Vancouver was to get people to participate in dreaming about our city. After receiving feedback from over 3,000 Vancouverites, those of us at Think City believe it's time to turn those dreams into action. We are ending Dream Vancouver and launching four new projects based on what you told us. Those four projects are:

Dream 15 - an advocacy campaign that will promote the adoption and implementation of the Think City's fifteen policy solutions on affordable housing, transportation and citizen engagement.

Car-free Crossing - an exploration of alternative options for crossing False Creek – for people, not cars.

Where I Live - a neighbourhood mapping project for citizens by citizens.

Think Housing - a new approach to creating affordable housing for low and middle-income Vancouverites.

Thanks to all of you who participated in the Dream Vancouver process. We hope you will get involved with our new projects. Go to Think City’s volunteer page and indicate which projects interest you in the comments field.

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    • Product Launch Corporate Event

      Everyone wants to be a part of something special. One need only look at the explosive popularity of technology product demonstrations to see how important it is for people to gather together as part of a community.

      A product launch, especially for the kind of product that is likely to have broad, exciting appeal, is one of the key ways a business can generate interest and sales. There are several reasons why holding a corporate event to promote the launch will benefit your company. Let's start with one of the less obvious ones.

    • Joy Kogawa, poet and novelist: The dream I have for this west-coast city on the edge of the peaceable ocean is the dream I have for the world - a dream of peace. What better time than this to abolish war as we face our common planetary fate?
      We have choices - to continue blithely on our way, fighting and devouring one another for the rest of our dwindling days, or we can individually and collectively lay down our weapons and practice the ways of truth and reconciliation, cooperation and peace.

    • David Levi, Chair, Columbia Institute: I love Vancouver. I was born here and I've known many sides of the city. I lived and went to school on the east side, later grew up on the west side, worked on the waterfront when I was a fishing boat captain.

    Recent Articles

    Carmen Mills, Co-founder, Car-Free Commercial Drive Festival and My dream of Vancouver is daisychained neighbourhoods each with its own distinctive zocalo where people meet and hang out and celebrate, demonstrate, mourn, dance, and play together.
    Wild art and guerrilla gardens. Crazy playgrounds and thickets, and mysterious wild spots to get lost in. Cafes and vegetable stores and workshops and studios, hives of small shops and shared office spaces. Freestores and swap shops, island style.
    Neighborhood houses of parliament. Wireless webs. Silence booths. Empty lots with cracking concrete for jumping rope and bmx practice. Sparkly night lights. Fruit trees. Trees for climbing. Public hammock stations.
    Places along the shoreline to jump from rock to rock. Tall wild grasses. Working fishing boats. Small islands to get stranded on at high tide. Rookeries. Pilings covered with mussels.
    Skyscrapers, each a different colour and shape and texture, with balconies trailing plants up to the sky. Cottage clusters. Rooftop gardens and rooftop forests. A small library on every block.
    Bike paths and bike trails and bike highways, bike bridges, bike racks, bike lockers, bike trams for the elderly and disabled, workbikes, pedicabs, bikewash and bikefix stations. Light rail lines.
    No cars.

    Brent Granby, President, West End Residents Association: My dream city is one where the health and happiness of all its citizens is the priority of its policies. A tall order for certain, but one that is possible if Vancouver's elected officials made this their mission.
    This is how my dream city would look like. The built environment of the city would be built around people not cars. The sidewalks would be wide and visually interesting. There would be places to sit.
    The roads would be and feel safe. Safe enough that mothers would feel confident to ride their bikes with their kids to school - not just the crazy bike dude dads. A good built environment that is inviting and enjoyable to pedestrians and cyclist will promote active living.
    Currently the city regulates parking space in condos for cars, but does not regulate affordability. By stipulating that every condo has one parking space, the city is increasing the cost of housing by 18 per cent. In my dream, city builders would not build for cars, but create afford living space for people.
    In my dream city there would be a complete sea change in how housing is regarded. Government spending on housing would be seen as an investment into the heath and happiness of its citizen. The city would advocate for all levels of government to have a comprehensive housing policy that would provide housing for everyone.

    Marc Lee, Senior Economist, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives BC: My Vancouver dream is like those ones when you are there in your house and are doing stuff - but it is not really your house here on planet Earth. My Vancouver dream is a lucid dream; I am not passively watching but am an agent of change.

    In my Vancouver, we are all still here. The Big One has not hit. Climate change has not levelled the city in a massive storm, or, as is perhaps more likely, Vancouver is not such a desired location to flee to that we turn into a mega-city of Sao Paulo proportions.

    My Vancouver is a modern city-state, with plenty of autonomy from Victoria to do what needs to be done. Infused with democratic spirit and drive, people contribute to budget and policy debates, and thus shape the decisions that affect their lives.
    In my Vancouver, there are fewer streets and more pedestrian- and bike-friendly greenways. There are streetcars everywhere (call it LRT or light rail, if you like) and they are free and used by people of all social classes. There are many cooperative electric cars (fully electric, not hybrids) on the roads, but few feel the need to own a private car.

    In my Vancouver, the minimum wage is at least $15 an hour (which might seem like a lot but amounts to $31,200 per year full-year, full-time). Workers who do the least desirable jobs can afford to live in the city.