Public space advocacy group releases municipal election ‘Manifesto’
Wednesday, November 5, 2008 (Vancouver)
The Vancouver Public Space Network (VPSN) has released a 14-page Manifesto on Public Space Policy. The document aims to inform discussions pertaining to the city’s public realm in the lead up to the November 15 election.
The Manifesto is divided into a number of sections – each of which present a vision for Vancouver’s public spaces, as well as several practical, policy-oriented means to achieve the vision. Sections include:
* A City of Neighbours
* A Greener, Cleaner City
* A City of Good Design
* A City of Mobility; A City that Knows Where It’s Going
* A City of Safe Spaces
* A City of Colour, Texture and Sound
* A Democratic City
* A City of Happenings
* A City of Public Spaces that are Public!
According to VPSN spokesperson Joshua Paterson, the Manifesto is intended for a broad audience. “We created a document that could be used by policy-makers, political candidates, city staff, representatives of private and non-profit sectors, and residents and citizens at large… everyone, that is, who has a stake in the design and use of our urban landscape.”
“Vancouver’s public spaces – from Stanley Park to the streets and sidewalks of our neighbourhoods – are how we collectively define the city. The VPSN wanted to ensure that there was a political ‘platform’ out there that advocated for the public realm in a robust and direct fashion.”
The Manifesto can be downloaded for free from the VPSN website: www.vancouverpublicspace.ca.