Vancouver Viaducts

What does the city need here?

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  1. What does the city need here?
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    A free outdoor movie theatre
  2. What does the city need here?
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    A pedestrian high line
  3. What does the city need here?
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    disorder
  4. What does the city need here?
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    long dangling string-like-strips attached to the underbelly of the bridge- that by day blow and dance in the wind- and by night light up and pulse colored lights in waves like groups of cars...
  5. What does the city need here?
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    An indoor green park space to escape the nasty weather. During the late fall/winter/early spring, it is THE place to go. A park-like setting that mimics an outdoor space so people can take their children to play, dog for a walk, get fit, seniors can be comfortable walking where it isn't too cold or slippery, etc. Creatively presented space that provides a fair weather day when it isn't.
  6. What does the city need here?
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    HEALTH CENTRE, CULTURE INSTALLATIONS, SMALL SPORT FACILTIES, COMMUNITY CENTRE, DESIGN EXPO/MARKET
  7. What does the city need here?
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    prince george
  8. What does the city need here?
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    green space for the public
  9. What does the city need here?
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    Public transportation
  10. What does the city need here?
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    plants, pedestrian walkways, bike paths, small businesses
  11. What does the city need here?
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    housing parks rec small business
  12. What does the city need here?
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    Green space, social inclusion!
  13. What does the city need here?
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    a nice park
  14. What does the city need here?
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    A year-round circus!
  15. What does the city need here?
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    viaducts
  16. What does the city need here?
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    nothing else
  17. What does the city need here?
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    An aquatic play environment!
  18. What does the city need here?
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    green space and affordable housing
  19. What does the city need here?
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    Greenspace and sustainable techno dome
  20. What does the city need here?
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    jobs
  21. What does the city need here?
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    open graffiti area with benches and plants
  22. What does the city need here?
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    FUN
  23. What does the city need here?
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    More green space.
  24. What does the city need here?
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    Public space to liven the area. Nobody wants to walk under a viaduct. City of Toronto is doing interesting things with the Gardiner as it has been a long-time painpoint for pedestrians who are connecting from downtown to the Waterfront as they must go under the Gardiner expressway and it was very poor user experience. Things like a skatepark and interactive public art (vs. non interactive public art) livened up the space a lot.
  25. What does the city need here?
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    community gardens
  26. What does the city need here?
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    Green space, gardens, cycle paths, activity space (skatepark, tennis?), boutique vendors serving foot and cycle traffic.
  27. What does the city need here?
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    more alternative spaces like the existing skateboard park. keep the damn viaducts and utilise the spaces around, above, and underneath them! keep it interesting!
  28. What does the city need here?
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    public space
  29. What does the city need here?
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    a promenade, restaurants, food trucks, seating, bike clinics, public art, graffiti walls.
  30. What does the city need here?
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    Jaipur
  31. What does the city need here?
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    A HUB FOR REINTRODUCING HOMELESS INTO SOCIETY. (CAREER CENTER, COUNSELING, TEMP HOUSING, WIFI ACCESS, ETC)
  32. What does the city need here?
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    swimming pool
  33. What does the city need here?
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    Cafes by day, beer gardens by night
  34. What does the city need here?
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    A meeting place
  35. What does the city need here?
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    A swing
  36. What does the city need here?
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    green space, street car, bike lanes, parklets, water gardens,
  37. What does the city need here?
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    port moody
  38. What does the city need here?
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    market
  39. What does the city need here?
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    Functional public space
  40. What does the city need here?
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    Careers
  41. What does the city need here?
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    Skate park + public plaza
  42. What does the city need here?
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    24 hour night life
  43. What does the city need here?
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    mixed use buildings - homes, shops, community centre, etc
  44. What does the city need here?
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    parks
  45. What does the city need here?
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    A park with community ammenities and perhaps public market etc
  46. What does the city need here?
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    Innovative low income housing. I can think of lots of specifics but I want a cup of cappuccino with Mr Darryl before I give away all my great ideas ☺️
  47. What does the city need here?
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    Housing
  48. What does the city need here?
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    affordable housing for young families!
  49. What does the city need here?
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    more viaducts
  50. What does the city need here?
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    homeless shelter
  51. What does the city need here?
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    a park
  52. What does the city need here?
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    Harmony
  53. What does the city need here?
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    lots of small footprint commercial/retail on a great intimate street that encourages local businesses to locate here, a little dynamic hub of them. cool unique local shops. get too big and successful... time to move and make way for another new enterprise.
  54. What does the city need here?
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    public market
  55. What does the city need here?
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    a hedge maze
  56. What does the city need here?
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    greenery
  57. What does the city need here?
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    Urban villages
  58. What does the city need here?
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    bike park
  59. What does the city need here?
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    skater park
  60. What does the city need here?
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    Color
  61. What does the city need here?
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    community
  62. What does the city need here?
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    public spaces like parks, play areas
  63. What does the city need here?
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    a skatepark
  64. What does the city need here?
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    Fewer Cali's
  65. What does the city need here?
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    bumper cars , and swings hanging from the concrete beams
  66. What does the city need here?
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    community green space
  67. What does the city need here?
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    Outdoor volleyball nets
  68. What does the city need here?
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    transportation
  69. What does the city need here?
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    recreational park
  70. What does the city need here?
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    bike lanes and a place to lock your bike
  71. What does the city need here?
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    decentralization
  72. What does the city need here?
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    An open air market (at least one day/evening a week) where local artists, vendors, food trucks and entertainers can create something fun for the city!
  73. What does the city need here?
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    New stadium, BC Place then be replaced by living and green space
  74. What does the city need here?
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    More boring glass buildings.
  75. What does the city need here?
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    MAINTAIN THE VAIDUCTS, INFILL INBETWEEN STRUCTURES TO CREATE AN ACTIVE STREET EDGE/WALL
  76. What does the city need here?
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    park space
  77. What does the city need here?
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    A parkour park
  78. What does the city need here?
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    roller rink :)
  79. What does the city need here?
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    Better use of space along outdoor skytrain paths maybe.
  80. What does the city need here?
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    festival grounds!
  81. What does the city need here?
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    trees
  82. What does the city need here?
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    disco balls
  83. What does the city need here?
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    a great new neighbourhood and park that connect the site to the surrounding areas - providing affordable, accessible housing for all!
  84. What does the city need here?
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    pizza
  85. What does the city need here?
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    Integrated people spaces at ground level. not barren waste land.
  86. What does the city need here?
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    Affordable housing
  87. What does the city need here?
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    sfu
  88. What does the city need here?
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    more sunshine
  89. What does the city need here?
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    skate park
  90. What does the city need here?
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    A big beautiful ferris wheel.
  91. What does the city need here?
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    Less Infrastructure
  92. What does the city need here?
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    cultural park space and plaza
  93. What does the city need here?
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    Large parking facilities with other commercial space on top.
  94. What does the city need here?
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    truly affordable housing
  95. What does the city need here?
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    Implementation of Council's decision to remove the viaducts and create a new neighbourhood, with at-grade roads, parks, housing for 10,000 families, art, culture, entertainment, a natural edge to False Creek, and more. Visit ReConnectVancouver.com for more.
  96. What does the city need here?
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    a rec center
  97. What does the city need here?
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    Pop-up shop markets using shipping containers
  98. What does the city need here?
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    More plaza and piazza
  99. What does the city need here?
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    Public Art
  100. What does the city need here?
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    Leave the viaducts in place, take back the space underneath for an outdoor park that is bikeable and walkable. Trees, parks, green space, community gardens, an area for food trucks to park. Maintain or expand the skatepark, install public art. Re-purpose/decorate structural columns.
  101. What does the city need here?
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    an open art studio!
  102. What does the city need here?
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    Mixed use Condo Retail and open space
  103. What does the city need here?
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    Colour
  104. What does the city need here?
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    nothing
  105. What does the city need here?
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    condo
  106. What does the city need here?
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    hospital
  107. What does the city need here?
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    Housing, retail, outdoor recreation spaces, park, interaction between neighborhoods
  108. What does the city need here?
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    a beautiful green space and a bike track under the bridge
  109. What does the city need here?
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    climbing gym/parkour/skate park
  110. What does the city need here?
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    Green space
  111. What does the city need here?
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    horses
  112. What does the city need here?
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    people
  113. What does the city need here?
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    park
  114. What does the city need here?
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    A park. water park
  115. What does the city need here?
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    parking
  116. What does the city need here?
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    boardwalks, dog parks, man made ponds
  117. What does the city need here?
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    condos
  118. What does the city need here?
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    circulation and openness
  119. What does the city need here?
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    life
  120. What does the city need here?
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    outdoor climbing gym
  121. What does the city need here?
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    A high-line like new york!
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