Vancouver Viaducts

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  1. What does the city need here?
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    the viaducts - keep the viaducts. Essential vein out of downtown, directly into east van.
  2. What does the city need here?
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    greenspaces
  3. What does the city need here?
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    Hello wszystkim :)
  4. What does the city need here?
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    Familiar Intelligence Here this outcome. How Hand down ObamaCare Influence Me?
  5. What does the city need here?
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    Wider road for better traffic
  6. What does the city need here?
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    team
  7. What does the city need here?
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    GREEN SQUARE
  8. What does the city need here?
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    social housing
  9. What does the city need here?
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    a pool
  10. What does the city need here?
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    cafe
  11. What does the city need here?
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    art
  12. What does the city need here?
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    VIADUCTS.
  13. What does the city need here?
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    circus
  14. What does the city need here?
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    art installations, lights, lanterns, murals, farmer's markets, four square court, chairs, tables with checkerboards and chess set on - life and colour.
  15. What does the city need here?
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    a climbing wall with slides at the top
  16. What does the city need here?
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    A REAL PARK
  17. What does the city need here?
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    colors
  18. What does the city need here?
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    green areas
  19. What does the city need here?
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    supported yet spontaneous (informal) public space
  20. What does the city need here?
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    green open space
  21. What does the city need here?
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    Everything it already has
  22. What does the city need here?
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    space
  23. What does the city need here?
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    it needs to keep the viaducts!
  24. What does the city need here?
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    green space under the viaducts
  25. What does the city need here?
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    Skatepark, Painted murals, farmers market,
  26. What does the city need here?
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    playground
  27. What does the city need here?
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    Outdoor recreation space including a jump park/ skate park/ par-core and bouldering wall
  28. What does the city need here?
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    Food Truck Pod
  29. What does the city need here?
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    theatre
  30. What does the city need here?
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    Fruit trees, more greenery. Places to sleep, enjoy the views, soundproofing
  31. What does the city need here?
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    An Eastern Core Transit Strategy
  32. What does the city need here?
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    Community Intelligence About this product aca healthcare reform
  33. What does the city need here?
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    Use the viaducts to support interesting 1 to 2 floor housing and quirky retail - bookshops etc. Then landscape the rest of the area with lots of pedestrian friendly greenery.
  34. What does the city need here?
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    musical swings
  35. What does the city need here?
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    more viaducts or alternate routes to assist flow of traffic in to the downtown core.
  36. What does the city need here?
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    Non-specific Message Far this offshoot heat illness
  37. What does the city need here?
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    lots of livable housing where you are not higher than 8 stories off the ground. Studies have shown that residents are less community oriented when they kive above that height.
  38. What does the city need here?
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    friendliness
  39. What does the city need here?
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    sports and recreation
  40. What does the city need here?
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    Cars... oh wait. No.
  41. What does the city need here?
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    More condos
  42. What does the city need here?
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    Nature
  43. What does the city need here?
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    biergarten
  44. What does the city need here?
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    Hanging gardens
  45. What does the city need here?
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    a forest with restaurants and shopping.
  46. What does the city need here?
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    container homes
  47. What does the city need here?
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    new light industrial space for the 21st century
  48. What does the city need here?
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    Less shiny-ness. maintain some rough edges.
  49. What does the city need here?
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    green.
  50. What does the city need here?
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    Can we imagine a Vancouver version of NYC's High Line?
  51. What does the city need here?
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    Independant Workspace
  52. What does the city need here?
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    Food Scene
  53. What does the city need here?
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    basketball court
  54. What does the city need here?
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    social space
  55. What does the city need here?
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    people colour trees
  56. What does the city need here?
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    colour and a purpose
  57. What does the city need here?
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    Add a skate park, bike lanes, mini golf, or basketball courts.
  58. What does the city need here?
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    sport
  59. What does the city need here?
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    A garden...something zen and artistic- a path with art and a nature-inspired flowing stream that can double as a splash park for children in the summer. Something that resonates similar to New York's High Line. It would need a sense of place that distinguishes it from our many seaside walks. A zen sanctuary in the city.
  60. What does the city need here?
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    a gathering place
  61. What does the city need here?
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    Mural art
  62. What does the city need here?
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    aesthetics
  63. What does the city need here?
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    skatepark
  64. What does the city need here?
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    Skateboard park
  65. What does the city need here?
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    More green development. Increased vegetation. Low energy buildings. Green roofs. Renewable generation sources. Sustainable design. Transit-oriented development. Less greedy humans destroying the one Earth we have.
  66. What does the city need here?
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    green spaces
  67. What does the city need here?
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    vegetation
  68. What does the city need here?
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    plants
  69. What does the city need here?
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    parkour playground
  70. What does the city need here?
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    More dog parks
  71. What does the city need here?
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    Parks, art installations, places to play
  72. What does the city need here?
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    passive
  73. What does the city need here?
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    sculpture garden
  74. What does the city need here?
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    iconic lighting
  75. What does the city need here?
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    London Southbank for under-viaduct typologies; restaurant / coffee shop / urban beach / theatre / seating etc
  76. What does the city need here?
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    museum
  77. What does the city need here?
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    usable and accessible public space
  78. What does the city need here?
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    a road into the city - as it is
  79. What does the city need here?
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    A dynamic multi-purpose public space
  80. What does the city need here?
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    a dynamic, flexible public space that could change with the seasons to provide a realm for creatives i.e. local artists, chefs, activists, and performers.
  81. What does the city need here?
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    better infrastructure
  82. What does the city need here?
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    A place for members of all near by neighbourhoods to purchase and share food, share stories, and create a greater sense of a cohesive, inclusive, community downtown.
  83. What does the city need here?
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    greenspace
  84. What does the city need here?
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    less traffic
  85. What does the city need here?
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    colours
  86. What does the city need here?
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    please not affordable/social housing! The viaduct has created this wasteland and it is the viaduct's owner who is responsible for the land it is affecting. Shopping centre, industrial or civil infrastructure (municipal service yards, civil water or waste water treatment. Alternately "green" the viaduct by turning it into a linear park, bikeway and maybe (quiet running) streetcar way, then the land below could be put to better use including integrated urban village concepts with direct vertical access to the green parkway.
  87. What does the city need here?
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    needs affordable housing
  88. What does the city need here?
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    sustainable city = affordable housing and transit network urban regeneration within social inclusion
  89. What does the city need here?
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    A Beer Garden
  90. What does the city need here?
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    Maze
  91. What does the city need here?
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    community vegetable garden and farmers market
  92. What does the city need here?
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    supportive housing
  93. What does the city need here?
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    public spaces where communities can come together.
  94. What does the city need here?
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    cars
  95. What does the city need here?
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    gathering place
  96. What does the city need here?
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    Colour, life, playground, green spaces, pop up art, food trucks, vendors.
  97. What does the city need here?
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    equality
  98. What does the city need here?
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    off leash dog park
  99. What does the city need here?
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    a wrecking ball and lots of money
  100. What does the city need here?
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    love love love x
  101. What does the city need here?
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    flowers
  102. What does the city need here?
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    urban farms, A place people can go grow there own food!! Socialise and gather
  103. What does the city need here?
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    Food trucks
  104. What does the city need here?
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    food carts
  105. What does the city need here?
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    water
  106. What does the city need here?
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    Stormwater management, mountain bike park
  107. What does the city need here?
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    soil reclamation project
  108. What does the city need here?
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    garden
  109. What does the city need here?
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    residntial waterfront
  110. What does the city need here?
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    green! playground! pop-up shops
  111. What does the city need here?
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    public spaces
  112. What does the city need here?
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    Interactive public art and space - think of what they are doing beneath the Gardiner Expressway in Toronto
  113. What does the city need here?
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    bike/pedestrian green walkway
  114. What does the city need here?
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    greenhouses full of food and flowers.
  115. What does the city need here?
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    napping station
  116. What does the city need here?
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    People!
  117. What does the city need here?
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    design
  118. What does the city need here?
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    lots of ground floor public uses accommodated in high density buildings, public pedestrian and cycling paths lacing False Creek into Chinatown, pedestrian oriented businesses
  119. What does the city need here?
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    swings
  120. What does the city need here?
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    more
  121. What does the city need here?
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    livable town homes built under highways / street scape and trees
  122. What does the city need here?
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    landscape
  123. What does the city need here?
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    Forward Thinking.
  124. What does the city need here?
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    life and joy
  125. What does the city need here?
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    Underground Beer Garden
  126. What does the city need here?
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    projects
  127. What does the city need here?
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    jasper
  128. What does the city need here?
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    Hanging gardens and fountains gurgling
  129. What does the city need here?
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    donuts
  130. What does the city need here?
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    place to walk
  131. What does the city need here?
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    A bike park
  132. What does the city need here?
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    skating ring
  133. What does the city need here?
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    bike lanes
  134. What does the city need here?
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    A fitness centre for the Muslim community with women-only and men-only sections!
  135. What does the city need here?
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    surf park
  136. What does the city need here?
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    tent city
  137. What does the city need here?
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    a big park
  138. What does the city need here?
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    community garden
  139. What does the city need here?
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    art installation
  140. What does the city need here?
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    Fun! Energy. A place to party and gather.
  141. What does the city need here?
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    drainage system
  142. What does the city need here?
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    schools
  143. What does the city need here?
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    Plans
  144. What does the city need here?
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    a skate park
  145. What does the city need here?
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    A low-rise mix of affordable housing, commercial and community public space called Hogan's Alley. Oops.
  146. What does the city need here?
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    a river
  147. What does the city need here?
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    grass
  148. What does the city need here?
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    A Green Promenade on Top connected to a new Urban Topography- (landscape) -on the lower level
  149. What does the city need here?
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    clean
  150. What does the city need here?
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    A Highline-style Park. Save parts of the Viaduct and repurpose them into a sky park. It would provide a interesting blend of nature and history.
  151. What does the city need here?
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    skate park and music venue/market
  152. What does the city need here?
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    A park, more trees and green!
  153. What does the city need here?
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    green
  154. What does the city need here?
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    food and artisan market
  155. What does the city need here?
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    A free outdoor movie theatre
  156. What does the city need here?
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    A pedestrian high line
  157. What does the city need here?
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    disorder
  158. 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...
  159. 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.
  160. What does the city need here?
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    HEALTH CENTRE, CULTURE INSTALLATIONS, SMALL SPORT FACILTIES, COMMUNITY CENTRE, DESIGN EXPO/MARKET
  161. What does the city need here?
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    prince george
  162. What does the city need here?
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    green space for the public
  163. What does the city need here?
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    Public transportation
  164. What does the city need here?
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    plants, pedestrian walkways, bike paths, small businesses
  165. What does the city need here?
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    housing parks rec small business
  166. What does the city need here?
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    Green space, social inclusion!
  167. What does the city need here?
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    a nice park
  168. What does the city need here?
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    A year-round circus!
  169. What does the city need here?
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    viaducts
  170. What does the city need here?
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    nothing else
  171. What does the city need here?
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    An aquatic play environment!
  172. What does the city need here?
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    green space and affordable housing
  173. What does the city need here?
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    Greenspace and sustainable techno dome
  174. What does the city need here?
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    jobs
  175. What does the city need here?
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    open graffiti area with benches and plants
  176. What does the city need here?
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    FUN
  177. What does the city need here?
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    More green space.
  178. 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.
  179. What does the city need here?
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    community gardens
  180. 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.
  181. 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!
  182. What does the city need here?
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    public space
  183. What does the city need here?
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    a promenade, restaurants, food trucks, seating, bike clinics, public art, graffiti walls.
  184. What does the city need here?
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    Jaipur
  185. 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)
  186. What does the city need here?
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    swimming pool
  187. What does the city need here?
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    Cafes by day, beer gardens by night
  188. What does the city need here?
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    A meeting place
  189. What does the city need here?
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    A swing
  190. What does the city need here?
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    green space, street car, bike lanes, parklets, water gardens,
  191. What does the city need here?
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    port moody
  192. What does the city need here?
    3Like
    market
  193. What does the city need here?
    1Like
    Functional public space
  194. What does the city need here?
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    Careers
  195. What does the city need here?
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    Skate park + public plaza
  196. What does the city need here?
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    24 hour night life
  197. What does the city need here?
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    mixed use buildings - homes, shops, community centre, etc
  198. What does the city need here?
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    parks
  199. What does the city need here?
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    A park with community ammenities and perhaps public market etc
  200. 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 ☺️
  201. What does the city need here?
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    Housing
  202. What does the city need here?
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    affordable housing for young families!
  203. What does the city need here?
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    more viaducts
  204. What does the city need here?
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    homeless shelter
  205. What does the city need here?
    1Like
    a park
  206. What does the city need here?
    1Like
    Harmony
  207. 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.
  208. What does the city need here?
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    public market
  209. What does the city need here?
    1Like
    a hedge maze
  210. What does the city need here?
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    greenery
  211. What does the city need here?
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    Urban villages
  212. What does the city need here?
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    bike park
  213. What does the city need here?
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    skater park
  214. What does the city need here?
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    Color
  215. What does the city need here?
    2Like
    community
  216. What does the city need here?
    2Like
    public spaces like parks, play areas
  217. What does the city need here?
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    a skatepark
  218. What does the city need here?
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    Fewer Cali's
  219. What does the city need here?
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    bumper cars , and swings hanging from the concrete beams
  220. What does the city need here?
    1Like
    community green space
  221. What does the city need here?
    1Like
    Outdoor volleyball nets
  222. What does the city need here?
    1Like
    transportation
  223. What does the city need here?
    1Like
    recreational park
  224. What does the city need here?
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    bike lanes and a place to lock your bike
  225. What does the city need here?
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    decentralization
  226. 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!
  227. What does the city need here?
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    New stadium, BC Place then be replaced by living and green space
  228. What does the city need here?
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    More boring glass buildings.
  229. What does the city need here?
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    MAINTAIN THE VAIDUCTS, INFILL INBETWEEN STRUCTURES TO CREATE AN ACTIVE STREET EDGE/WALL
  230. What does the city need here?
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    park space
  231. What does the city need here?
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    A parkour park
  232. What does the city need here?
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    roller rink :)
  233. What does the city need here?
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    Better use of space along outdoor skytrain paths maybe.
  234. What does the city need here?
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    festival grounds!
  235. What does the city need here?
    3Like
    trees
  236. What does the city need here?
    1Like
    disco balls
  237. 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!
  238. What does the city need here?
    1Like
    pizza
  239. What does the city need here?
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    Integrated people spaces at ground level. not barren waste land.
  240. What does the city need here?
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    Affordable housing
  241. What does the city need here?
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    sfu
  242. What does the city need here?
    2Like
    more sunshine
  243. What does the city need here?
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    skate park
  244. What does the city need here?
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    A big beautiful ferris wheel.
  245. What does the city need here?
    1Like
    Less Infrastructure
  246. What does the city need here?
    0Like
    cultural park space and plaza
  247. What does the city need here?
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    Large parking facilities with other commercial space on top.
  248. What does the city need here?
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    truly affordable housing
  249. 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.
  250. What does the city need here?
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    a rec center
  251. What does the city need here?
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    Pop-up shop markets using shipping containers
  252. What does the city need here?
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    More plaza and piazza
  253. What does the city need here?
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    Public Art
  254. 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.
  255. What does the city need here?
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    an open art studio!
  256. What does the city need here?
    1Like
    Mixed use Condo Retail and open space
  257. What does the city need here?
    3Like
    Colour
  258. What does the city need here?
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    nothing
  259. What does the city need here?
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    condo
  260. What does the city need here?
    0Like
    hospital
  261. What does the city need here?
    1Like
    Housing, retail, outdoor recreation spaces, park, interaction between neighborhoods
  262. What does the city need here?
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    a beautiful green space and a bike track under the bridge
  263. What does the city need here?
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    climbing gym/parkour/skate park
  264. What does the city need here?
    2Like
    Green space
  265. What does the city need here?
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    horses
  266. What does the city need here?
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    people
  267. What does the city need here?
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    park
  268. What does the city need here?
    1Like
    A park. water park
  269. What does the city need here?
    1Like
    parking
  270. What does the city need here?
    5Like
    boardwalks, dog parks, man made ponds
  271. What does the city need here?
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    condos
  272. What does the city need here?
    3Like
    circulation and openness
  273. What does the city need here?
    2Like
    life
  274. What does the city need here?
    3Like
    outdoor climbing gym
  275. What does the city need here?
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    A high-line like new york!
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