Arbutus Corridor, Vancouver

What would engage the community here?

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  1. What would engage the community here?
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    Travel
  2. What would engage the community here?
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    a train that goes back and forth and sells ice cream in summer and tea in winter! :)
  3. What would engage the community here?
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    proper walkways and lighting, with seating and more landscaping
  4. What would engage the community here?
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    people
  5. What would engage the community here?
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    commuter train
  6. What would engage the community here?
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    a place to ride my bike
  7. What would engage the community here?
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    swimming pool
  8. What would engage the community here?
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    An obstacle course with flowers
  9. What would engage the community here?
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    a trolly
  10. What would engage the community here?
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    surrey
  11. What would engage the community here?
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    An artisan market and colourful/nature-fueled space to build community!
  12. What would engage the community here?
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    Dog Park
  13. What would engage the community here?
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    mediating barriers of parking and rail
  14. What would engage the community here?
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    Certainly not a ugly road such as the one the City just created!
  15. What would engage the community here?
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    a series of spaces/moments that connect from one another creating a walkable journey from P.O.I to P.O.I
  16. What would engage the community here?
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    A farmers market and bakery
  17. What would engage the community here?
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    Chuck E Cheese?
  18. What would engage the community here?
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    LIGHTS AND COLOURED FENCES
  19. What would engage the community here?
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    Pavement and positive lighting
  20. What would engage the community here?
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    Walkable green path
  21. What would engage the community here?
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    park with public square nodes, neighbourhood self-managed gardens, meandering paths, bee/butterfly sanctuaries - a place to relax, regenerate & restore
  22. What would engage the community here?
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    gardens bike lanes seats games water
  23. What would engage the community here?
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    pool
  24. What would engage the community here?
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    flowers
  25. What would engage the community here?
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    Public art project with seating and park
  26. What would engage the community here?
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    linear park
  27. What would engage the community here?
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    Play structures
  28. What would engage the community here?
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    Walking and bike path
  29. What would engage the community here?
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    A bikelane?!
  30. What would engage the community here?
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    an LRT system that would decrease traffic on Broadway
  31. What would engage the community here?
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    garden
  32. What would engage the community here?
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    Art and music combined
  33. What would engage the community here?
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    An art installation that reacted/came alive with the passing of the train - perhaps through air flow or vibration?
  34. What would engage the community here?
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    sitting space
  35. What would engage the community here?
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    I love that the this gem of a route linking Vancouver from the Fraser River to False Creek is now official. I would love to see the City support birds and wildlife by planting berries, seed crops and other edibles along the trail, so animals don't have to rely so heavily on our trash!
  36. What would engage the community here?
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    wreak beach!!!!!
  37. What would engage the community here?
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    A longitudinal park for jogging with urban equipment like a jet of light and an intermediate train station with amenities
  38. What would engage the community here?
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    An engaging runway - with rec / playgrounds along the way
  39. What would engage the community here?
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    workshop
  40. What would engage the community here?
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    Weekly market
  41. What would engage the community here?
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    a Farmers' Market!
  42. What would engage the community here?
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    An outdoor market
  43. What would engage the community here?
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    pedestrian and cycling bridge
  44. What would engage the community here?
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    cycle hub
  45. What would engage the community here?
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    having a flea market / farmers market
  46. What would engage the community here?
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    running track / outdoor gym equipment
  47. What would engage the community here?
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    Social housing
  48. What would engage the community here?
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    A Fair would engage here.
  49. What would engage the community here?
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    paved bike path
  50. What would engage the community here?
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    a park on the side of the railway
  51. What would engage the community here?
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    Green space and park similar to the High Line Elevated Park in New York.
  52. What would engage the community here?
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    functional public art
  53. What would engage the community here?
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    The gardens that used to be there.
  54. What would engage the community here?
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    public walkway that celebrates site history
  55. What would engage the community here?
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    Lights.
  56. What would engage the community here?
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    A pavement! A cycle path....Urban seating...hedgerow
  57. What would engage the community here?
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    hot tub
  58. What would engage the community here?
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    bridge
  59. What would engage the community here?
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    An urban park in the style of New York's High Line
  60. What would engage the community here?
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    walking trail
  61. What would engage the community here?
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    A Tunnel
  62. What would engage the community here?
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    a rainbow tunnel
  63. What would engage the community here?
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    children, elders, ice cream, dogs
  64. What would engage the community here?
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    Humility and recognizing that money is not community.
  65. What would engage the community here?
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    complexe aquatique de Laval
  66. What would engage the community here?
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    Convert the old track Slats into piano Keys
  67. What would engage the community here?
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    Public workshops on design
  68. What would engage the community here?
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    housing
  69. What would engage the community here?
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    affordable transit network
  70. What would engage the community here?
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    living bridge
  71. What would engage the community here?
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    think
  72. What would engage the community here?
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    Bike & pedestrian paths serpentining and connecting frequent 'nodes' such as pocket parks, food stalls, interpretive points, patches of community gardening, etc. These would provide an opportunity to pass through as well as to stop frequently and engage with spaces, activities and people. A linear neighbourhood and all that that offers. The possibilities are exciting!
  73. What would engage the community here?
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    A network of tree houses - a place for children and adults to play ands see their neighbourhood from a new vantage point.
  74. What would engage the community here?
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    art along the route, 1/4? mile markers that tell a story, something that would encourage people to talk to each other about. something that would help them know each other, where they live, to dream, be happy, care, be hopeful
  75. What would engage the community here?
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    bike path
  76. What would engage the community here?
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    Sculpture garden
  77. What would engage the community here?
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    bike trails
  78. What would engage the community here?
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    Running and biking trails
  79. What would engage the community here?
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    micro-community centres, small retail options, play areas, transit options, sustainable landscaping.
  80. What would engage the community here?
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    Food Trucks
  81. What would engage the community here?
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    a cycling route
  82. What would engage the community here?
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    Street food pavilions
  83. What would engage the community here?
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    space for kids
  84. What would engage the community here?
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    bike route
  85. What would engage the community here?
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    Little resting spots with lovely landscape features - do I hear high line?
  86. What would engage the community here?
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    green corridor
  87. What would engage the community here?
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    laneway houses and parks
  88. What would engage the community here?
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    a book fair
  89. What would engage the community here?
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    pedestrian path
  90. What would engage the community here?
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    Tram to downtown
  91. What would engage the community here?
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    Gravel Cycling trail
  92. What would engage the community here?
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    a street party
  93. What would engage the community here?
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    I think a marketplace would be a good idea as the railway (if unused) can be used as a single lane that takes you through the various food places and small shops and would liven up such a bland and unused place
  94. What would engage the community here?
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    gardens, seating areas, bike lane, walking path,
  95. What would engage the community here?
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    A flexible Space with pop up activities
  96. What would engage the community here?
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    slip and slide
  97. What would engage the community here?
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    PICNIC AREAS
  98. What would engage the community here?
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    a kite flying contest ! :D
  99. What would engage the community here?
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    no asphalt!
  100. What would engage the community here?
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    public garden
  101. What would engage the community here?
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    Linear Park similar to the Highline
  102. What would engage the community here?
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    market
  103. What would engage the community here?
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    something that would enable people to walk/access the other side of the tracks without having to squeeze through parked cars, uneven land and railway tracks; not sure if the railway tracks are used? if so, how much space is needed on either side of tracks? if not, something that would attract people like community gardens or a walkable path
  104. What would engage the community here?
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    pop up shop
  105. What would engage the community here?
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    If the railroad is not in use, create a designated pedestrian path on one side with benches to allow people to stop and sit and appreciate the view. Lighting is essential to increase safety along the walking path - and light always attracts people anyway, making the space user-friendly in the night too. More vegetation! Native shrubs and flowers that grow all year round to provide character and colour. Vegetation also facilitates in providing a microclimate that is comfortable, and not to mention a cosy and intimate atmosphere that increases a pedestrian's sense of belonging to a place. However, vegetation should not cut off the sightline into the stretch of path so that passers-by are able to look in and identify the function of the area, thus peaking their curiosity and inviting them into the space.
  106. What would engage the community here?
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    meditation park, outdoor church, community gardens, underground swimming pool and running track.
  107. What would engage the community here?
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    A street party!
  108. What would engage the community here?
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    gardens, gathering spaces, blocking out the road
  109. What would engage the community here?
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    Mixed Use Urban Park
  110. What would engage the community here?
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    markets
  111. What would engage the community here?
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    A farmers market
  112. What would engage the community here?
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    a party
  113. What would engage the community here?
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    an app
  114. What would engage the community here?
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    Walk/Bike lane
  115. What would engage the community here?
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    bring back the gardens!
  116. What would engage the community here?
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    Bench
  117. What would engage the community here?
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    parties
  118. What would engage the community here?
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    friendship
  119. What would engage the community here?
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    Structures that provide a flexible framework for events (i.e. vendors, performers, outdoor classrooms, birthday parties, etc.)
  120. What would engage the community here?
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    Swings
  121. What would engage the community here?
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    Covered market
  122. What would engage the community here?
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    landscaping
  123. What would engage the community here?
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    a fitness bootcamp
  124. What would engage the community here?
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    community garden, seating, easy access for residents, community book sharing library box(ie. enclosed shelving unit that people share books through)
  125. What would engage the community here?
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    a dog park
  126. What would engage the community here?
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    a beautiful LED light display walk & bike path. Like those found in Japan
  127. What would engage the community here?
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    Bike Path Trees, gardens
  128. What would engage the community here?
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    a plaza
  129. What would engage the community here?
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    an inclusive and accessible pathway with community garden spaces
  130. What would engage the community here?
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    office
  131. What would engage the community here?
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    A lookout tower (a treehouse for grownups!)
  132. What would engage the community here?
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    dog walk
  133. What would engage the community here?
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    children
  134. What would engage the community here?
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    public space
  135. What would engage the community here?
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    communal gardens
  136. What would engage the community here?
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    Nature/natural setting, gathering spaces with seating under covered areas, a little coffee kiosk, playground equipment - a place for adults/kids/dogs to mingle.
  137. What would engage the community here?
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    linear park that integrates the semi-public spaces that already exist along the train tracks
  138. What would engage the community here?
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    rain gardens, daylighted streams
  139. What would engage the community here?
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    variable-scale co-housing
  140. What would engage the community here?
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    LIGHTING, LANDSCAPE, SITTING,PLAYGROUND.
  141. What would engage the community here?
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    A park
  142. What would engage the community here?
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    Bike trail
  143. What would engage the community here?
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    A linear bubble pit
  144. What would engage the community here?
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    skywalk
  145. What would engage the community here?
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    eliminate the telephone poles, add a ski lift that can move people off the ground, have a bike/hike path
  146. What would engage the community here?
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    art
  147. What would engage the community here?
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    food
  148. What would engage the community here?
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    roa
  149. What would engage the community here?
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    a greenway with lots of people
  150. What would engage the community here?
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    nice places to sit, gather and talk; safe and separate cycling and walking paths; community gardens and ovens to share food and meals (e.g. Dufferin Grove Park Oven in Toronto);
  151. What would engage the community here?
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    a more park like place, with benches and places to have community
  152. What would engage the community here?
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    spontaneous activity centres that interact with the earth
  153. What would engage the community here?
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    Linear parks and gardens
  154. What would engage the community here?
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    parklet
  155. What would engage the community here?
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    gardens
  156. What would engage the community here?
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    I came here to look at your webpage and would then lose 5 minutes pondering today's question, and another 5 minutes trying to navigate this confusing webpage?
  157. What would engage the community here?
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    LRT
  158. What would engage the community here?
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    green spaces/gardens, bike and walking paths, benches, areas for street performers (Melbourne does this very well)
  159. What would engage the community here?
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    community gardens
  160. What would engage the community here?
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    Royal bay secondary
  161. What would engage the community here?
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    play
  162. What would engage the community here?
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    walkway
  163. What would engage the community here?
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    an urban walk, like the High Line in New York..benches, the occasional play zone and coffee shack
  164. What would engage the community here?
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    park
  165. What would engage the community here?
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    suspended pathways. bridges or walkways that extend upwards over the tracks
  166. What would engage the community here?
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    a zebra and an elephant
  167. What would engage the community here?
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    a summer market as well as fair
  168. What would engage the community here?
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    A public park and walkway! The Highline in New York is amazing and used by so many people.
  169. What would engage the community here?
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    retain rail/tram transportation corridor. Its too difficult to ever replace! bike route and linear park as complementary uses only.
  170. What would engage the community here?
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    a gathering space for the different communities on both sides
  171. What would engage the community here?
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    A really long swimming pool
  172. What would engage the community here?
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    Festivals or even gardening.
  173. What would engage the community here?
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    garens
  174. What would engage the community here?
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    bikes
  175. What would engage the community here?
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    birds
  176. What would engage the community here?
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    Outdoor movies at the tracks
  177. What would engage the community here?
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    A bridge with benchs on top
  178. What would engage the community here?
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    elephants
  179. What would engage the community here?
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    Elevated patio space, with benches and tables
  180. What would engage the community here?
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    A reason to actually be here!
  181. What would engage the community here?
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    community garden
  182. What would engage the community here?
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    food truck row, or something like the high line in New York?
  183. What would engage the community here?
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    community gardens, gathering places, farmer's markets, artists gatherings on weekends
  184. What would engage the community here?
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    A pedal-powered musical railway machine
  185. What would engage the community here?
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    free beer
  186. What would engage the community here?
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    space to gather
  187. What would engage the community here?
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    bike path!
  188. What would engage the community here?
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    restaurant on wheels
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