Vancouver Viaducts

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  1. What does the city need here?
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    instagram
  2. What does the city need here?
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    Demolition, natural regeneration, human disengagement, ecosystem rehabilitation
  3. What does the city need here?
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    home
  4. What does the city need here?
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    Good food open late
  5. What does the city need here?
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    More places to interact with other people
  6. What does the city need here?
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    Green Space, housing
  7. What does the city need here?
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    Vertical greenery
  8. What does the city need here?
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    a pond
  9. What does the city need here?
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    Colour, from natural sources. Green grass, flowers, trees. An urban park. So the flyover ends up looking like it just grew there.
  10. What does the city need here?
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    roof garden
  11. What does the city need here?
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    a garden
  12. What does the city need here?
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    a bridge
  13. What does the city need here?
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    vancouver
  14. What does the city need here?
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    food truck
  15. What does the city need here?
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    clayton
  16. What does the city need here?
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    light and colour
  17. What does the city need here?
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    Quality public space that integrates with the surroundings in which can provide a better environment for the city and people.
  18. What does the city need here?
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    bigger viaducts
  19. What does the city need here?
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    civic space
  20. What does the city need here?
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    flower market
  21. What does the city need here?
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    A highline garden / bike path like the one in NYC
  22. What does the city need here?
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    Inclusive Information Upon this product signs of an std for females
  23. What does the city need here?
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    public realm
  24. What does the city need here?
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    the viaducts - keep the viaducts. Essential vein out of downtown, directly into east van.
  25. What does the city need here?
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    greenspaces
  26. What does the city need here?
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    Wider road for better traffic
  27. What does the city need here?
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    GREEN SQUARE
  28. What does the city need here?
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    social housing
  29. What does the city need here?
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    a pool
  30. What does the city need here?
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    cafe
  31. What does the city need here?
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    art
  32. What does the city need here?
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    VIADUCTS.
  33. What does the city need here?
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    circus
  34. 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.
  35. What does the city need here?
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    a climbing wall with slides at the top
  36. What does the city need here?
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    A REAL PARK
  37. What does the city need here?
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    colors
  38. What does the city need here?
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    green areas
  39. What does the city need here?
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    supported yet spontaneous (informal) public space
  40. What does the city need here?
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    green open space
  41. What does the city need here?
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    Everything it already has
  42. What does the city need here?
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    space
  43. What does the city need here?
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    it needs to keep the viaducts!
  44. What does the city need here?
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    green space under the viaducts
  45. What does the city need here?
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    Skatepark, Painted murals, farmers market,
  46. What does the city need here?
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    playground
  47. What does the city need here?
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    Outdoor recreation space including a jump park/ skate park/ par-core and bouldering wall
  48. What does the city need here?
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    Food Truck Pod
  49. What does the city need here?
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    theatre
  50. What does the city need here?
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    Fruit trees, more greenery. Places to sleep, enjoy the views, soundproofing
  51. What does the city need here?
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    An Eastern Core Transit Strategy
  52. 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.
  53. What does the city need here?
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    musical swings
  54. 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.
  55. What does the city need here?
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    Non-specific Message Far this offshoot heat illness
  56. 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.
  57. What does the city need here?
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    friendliness
  58. What does the city need here?
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    sports and recreation
  59. What does the city need here?
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    Cars... oh wait. No.
  60. What does the city need here?
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    More condos
  61. What does the city need here?
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    Nature
  62. What does the city need here?
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    biergarten
  63. What does the city need here?
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    Hanging gardens
  64. What does the city need here?
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    a forest with restaurants and shopping.
  65. What does the city need here?
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    container homes
  66. What does the city need here?
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    new light industrial space for the 21st century
  67. What does the city need here?
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    Less shiny-ness. maintain some rough edges.
  68. What does the city need here?
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    green.
  69. What does the city need here?
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    Can we imagine a Vancouver version of NYC's High Line?
  70. What does the city need here?
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    Independant Workspace
  71. What does the city need here?
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    Food Scene
  72. What does the city need here?
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    basketball court
  73. What does the city need here?
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    social space
  74. What does the city need here?
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    people colour trees
  75. What does the city need here?
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    colour and a purpose
  76. What does the city need here?
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    Add a skate park, bike lanes, mini golf, or basketball courts.
  77. What does the city need here?
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    sport
  78. 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.
  79. What does the city need here?
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    a gathering place
  80. What does the city need here?
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    Mural art
  81. What does the city need here?
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    aesthetics
  82. What does the city need here?
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    skatepark
  83. What does the city need here?
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    Skateboard park
  84. 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.
  85. What does the city need here?
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    green spaces
  86. What does the city need here?
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    vegetation
  87. What does the city need here?
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    plants
  88. What does the city need here?
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    parkour playground
  89. What does the city need here?
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    More dog parks
  90. What does the city need here?
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    Parks, art installations, places to play
  91. What does the city need here?
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    sculpture garden
  92. What does the city need here?
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    iconic lighting
  93. What does the city need here?
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    London Southbank for under-viaduct typologies; restaurant / coffee shop / urban beach / theatre / seating etc
  94. What does the city need here?
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    museum
  95. What does the city need here?
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    usable and accessible public space
  96. What does the city need here?
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    a road into the city - as it is
  97. What does the city need here?
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    A dynamic multi-purpose public space
  98. 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.
  99. What does the city need here?
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    better infrastructure
  100. 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.
  101. What does the city need here?
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    greenspace
  102. What does the city need here?
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    less traffic
  103. What does the city need here?
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    colours
  104. 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.
  105. What does the city need here?
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    needs affordable housing
  106. What does the city need here?
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    sustainable city = affordable housing and transit network urban regeneration within social inclusion
  107. What does the city need here?
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    A Beer Garden
  108. What does the city need here?
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    Maze
  109. What does the city need here?
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    community vegetable garden and farmers market
  110. What does the city need here?
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    supportive housing
  111. What does the city need here?
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    public spaces where communities can come together.
  112. What does the city need here?
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    cars
  113. What does the city need here?
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    gathering place
  114. What does the city need here?
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    Colour, life, playground, green spaces, pop up art, food trucks, vendors.
  115. What does the city need here?
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    equality
  116. What does the city need here?
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    off leash dog park
  117. What does the city need here?
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    a wrecking ball and lots of money
  118. What does the city need here?
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    love love love x
  119. What does the city need here?
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    flowers
  120. What does the city need here?
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    urban farms, A place people can go grow there own food!! Socialise and gather
  121. What does the city need here?
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    Food trucks
  122. What does the city need here?
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    food carts
  123. What does the city need here?
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    water
  124. What does the city need here?
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    Stormwater management, mountain bike park
  125. What does the city need here?
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    soil reclamation project
  126. What does the city need here?
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    garden
  127. What does the city need here?
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    residntial waterfront
  128. What does the city need here?
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    green! playground! pop-up shops
  129. What does the city need here?
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    public spaces
  130. 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
  131. What does the city need here?
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    bike/pedestrian green walkway
  132. What does the city need here?
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    greenhouses full of food and flowers.
  133. What does the city need here?
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    napping station
  134. What does the city need here?
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    People!
  135. What does the city need here?
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    design
  136. 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
  137. What does the city need here?
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    swings
  138. What does the city need here?
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    more
  139. What does the city need here?
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    livable town homes built under highways / street scape and trees
  140. What does the city need here?
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    landscape
  141. What does the city need here?
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    Forward Thinking.
  142. What does the city need here?
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    life and joy
  143. What does the city need here?
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    Underground Beer Garden
  144. What does the city need here?
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    Hanging gardens and fountains gurgling
  145. What does the city need here?
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    donuts
  146. What does the city need here?
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    place to walk
  147. What does the city need here?
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    A bike park
  148. What does the city need here?
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    skating ring
  149. What does the city need here?
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    bike lanes
  150. What does the city need here?
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    A fitness centre for the Muslim community with women-only and men-only sections!
  151. What does the city need here?
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    surf park
  152. What does the city need here?
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    tent city
  153. What does the city need here?
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    a big park
  154. What does the city need here?
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    community garden
  155. What does the city need here?
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    art installation
  156. What does the city need here?
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    Fun! Energy. A place to party and gather.
  157. What does the city need here?
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    drainage system
  158. What does the city need here?
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    Plans
  159. What does the city need here?
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    a skate park
  160. 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.
  161. What does the city need here?
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    a river
  162. What does the city need here?
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    grass
  163. 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
  164. What does the city need here?
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    clean
  165. 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.
  166. What does the city need here?
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    skate park and music venue/market
  167. What does the city need here?
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    A park, more trees and green!
  168. What does the city need here?
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    green
  169. What does the city need here?
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    food and artisan market
  170. What does the city need here?
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    A free outdoor movie theatre
  171. What does the city need here?
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    A pedestrian high line
  172. What does the city need here?
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    disorder
  173. 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...
  174. 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.
  175. What does the city need here?
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    HEALTH CENTRE, CULTURE INSTALLATIONS, SMALL SPORT FACILTIES, COMMUNITY CENTRE, DESIGN EXPO/MARKET
  176. What does the city need here?
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    green space for the public
  177. What does the city need here?
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    Public transportation
  178. What does the city need here?
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    plants, pedestrian walkways, bike paths, small businesses
  179. What does the city need here?
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    housing parks rec small business
  180. What does the city need here?
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    Green space, social inclusion!
  181. What does the city need here?
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    a nice park
  182. What does the city need here?
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    A year-round circus!
  183. What does the city need here?
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    viaducts
  184. What does the city need here?
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    nothing else
  185. What does the city need here?
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    An aquatic play environment!
  186. What does the city need here?
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    green space and affordable housing
  187. What does the city need here?
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    Greenspace and sustainable techno dome
  188. What does the city need here?
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    open graffiti area with benches and plants
  189. What does the city need here?
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    FUN
  190. What does the city need here?
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    More green space.
  191. 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.
  192. What does the city need here?
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    community gardens
  193. 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.
  194. 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!
  195. What does the city need here?
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    public space
  196. What does the city need here?
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    a promenade, restaurants, food trucks, seating, bike clinics, public art, graffiti walls.
  197. 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)
  198. What does the city need here?
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    swimming pool
  199. What does the city need here?
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    Cafes by day, beer gardens by night
  200. What does the city need here?
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    A meeting place
  201. What does the city need here?
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    A swing
  202. What does the city need here?
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    green space, street car, bike lanes, parklets, water gardens,
  203. What does the city need here?
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    port moody
  204. What does the city need here?
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    market
  205. What does the city need here?
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    Functional public space
  206. What does the city need here?
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    Skate park + public plaza
  207. What does the city need here?
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    24 hour night life
  208. What does the city need here?
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    mixed use buildings - homes, shops, community centre, etc
  209. What does the city need here?
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    parks
  210. What does the city need here?
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    A park with community ammenities and perhaps public market etc
  211. 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 ☺️
  212. What does the city need here?
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    Housing
  213. What does the city need here?
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    affordable housing for young families!
  214. What does the city need here?
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    more viaducts
  215. What does the city need here?
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    homeless shelter
  216. What does the city need here?
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    a park
  217. What does the city need here?
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    Harmony
  218. 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.
  219. What does the city need here?
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    public market
  220. What does the city need here?
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    a hedge maze
  221. What does the city need here?
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    greenery
  222. What does the city need here?
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    Urban villages
  223. What does the city need here?
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    bike park
  224. What does the city need here?
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    skater park
  225. What does the city need here?
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    Color
  226. What does the city need here?
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    community
  227. What does the city need here?
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    public spaces like parks, play areas
  228. What does the city need here?
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    a skatepark
  229. What does the city need here?
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    Fewer Cali's
  230. What does the city need here?
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    bumper cars , and swings hanging from the concrete beams
  231. What does the city need here?
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    community green space
  232. What does the city need here?
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    Outdoor volleyball nets
  233. What does the city need here?
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    transportation
  234. What does the city need here?
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    recreational park
  235. What does the city need here?
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    bike lanes and a place to lock your bike
  236. What does the city need here?
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    decentralization
  237. 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!
  238. What does the city need here?
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    New stadium, BC Place then be replaced by living and green space
  239. What does the city need here?
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    More boring glass buildings.
  240. What does the city need here?
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    MAINTAIN THE VAIDUCTS, INFILL INBETWEEN STRUCTURES TO CREATE AN ACTIVE STREET EDGE/WALL
  241. What does the city need here?
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    park space
  242. What does the city need here?
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    A parkour park
  243. What does the city need here?
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    roller rink :)
  244. What does the city need here?
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    Better use of space along outdoor skytrain paths maybe.
  245. What does the city need here?
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    festival grounds!
  246. What does the city need here?
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    trees
  247. What does the city need here?
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    disco balls
  248. 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!
  249. What does the city need here?
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    pizza
  250. What does the city need here?
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    Integrated people spaces at ground level. not barren waste land.
  251. What does the city need here?
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    Affordable housing
  252. What does the city need here?
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    more sunshine
  253. What does the city need here?
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    skate park
  254. What does the city need here?
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    A big beautiful ferris wheel.
  255. What does the city need here?
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    Less Infrastructure
  256. What does the city need here?
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    cultural park space and plaza
  257. What does the city need here?
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    Large parking facilities with other commercial space on top.
  258. What does the city need here?
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    truly affordable housing
  259. What does the city need here?
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    a rec center
  260. What does the city need here?
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    Pop-up shop markets using shipping containers
  261. What does the city need here?
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    More plaza and piazza
  262. What does the city need here?
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    Public Art
  263. 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.
  264. What does the city need here?
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    an open art studio!
  265. What does the city need here?
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    Mixed use Condo Retail and open space
  266. What does the city need here?
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    Colour
  267. What does the city need here?
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    nothing
  268. What does the city need here?
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    condo
  269. What does the city need here?
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    hospital
  270. What does the city need here?
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    Housing, retail, outdoor recreation spaces, park, interaction between neighborhoods
  271. What does the city need here?
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    a beautiful green space and a bike track under the bridge
  272. What does the city need here?
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    climbing gym/parkour/skate park
  273. What does the city need here?
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    Green space
  274. What does the city need here?
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    horses
  275. What does the city need here?
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    people
  276. What does the city need here?
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    park
  277. What does the city need here?
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    A park. water park
  278. What does the city need here?
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    parking
  279. What does the city need here?
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    boardwalks, dog parks, man made ponds
  280. What does the city need here?
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    condos
  281. What does the city need here?
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    circulation and openness
  282. What does the city need here?
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    life
  283. What does the city need here?
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    outdoor climbing gym
  284. What does the city need here?
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    A high-line like new york!
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