Arbutus Corridor, Vancouver

What would engage the community here?

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What is this?

We want to look at spaces, places, architecture and design with fresh eyes – yours.

An essential question around the HCMA studios is: "What's Possible?" For a street? A community plan? A pool? A school? A...home page?

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  1. What would engage the community here?
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    walkable landscaping, gardens, playground, food/cafe parklettes, more trees for shade and beauty,
  2. What would engage the community here?
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    shaugnessy
  3. What would engage the community here?
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    contacts
  4. What would engage the community here?
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    Design market-space for homegrown designers/artists to showcase/sell their art and work
  5. What would engage the community here?
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    rrrrr
  6. What would engage the community here?
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    Cafe
  7. What would engage the community here?
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    Retail
  8. What would engage the community here?
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    Bycicle & Walking Path
  9. What would engage the community here?
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    placemaking
  10. What would engage the community here?
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    bike park
  11. What would engage the community here?
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    community gardens with a small shared market to sell and trade produce.
  12. What would engage the community here?
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    infrastructure for a pop-up seasonal market
  13. What would engage the community here?
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    PUBLIC ART
  14. What would engage the community here?
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    pedestrian bridge
  15. What would engage the community here?
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    transport
  16. What would engage the community here?
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    beautiful flowers, gardens
  17. What would engage the community here?
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    aquatics
  18. What would engage the community here?
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    a cafe, community gardens
  19. What would engage the community here?
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    railway party
  20. What would engage the community here?
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    a bike path
  21. What would engage the community here?
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    busker festival
  22. What would engage the community here?
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    a fitness trail (with raspeberry trees on the side to snack!)
  23. What would engage the community here?
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    shared garden
  24. What would engage the community here?
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    vendors
  25. What would engage the community here?
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    a train a house on Wheels
  26. What would engage the community here?
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    art!
  27. What would engage the community here?
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    'abandoned' trains with playground, seating areas, art, and market integrated into it
  28. What would engage the community here?
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    linear park, bike and walking lane, murals, registered street vendors
  29. What would engage the community here?
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    bike rave
  30. What would engage the community here?
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    a train
  31. What would engage the community here?
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    Some sort of art installation
  32. What would engage the community here?
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    toilets
  33. What would engage the community here?
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    A fenced off bike line next to the rail way
  34. What would engage the community here?
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    a thing you can ride on and pump back and forth to move
  35. What would engage the community here?
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    poopsicles
  36. What would engage the community here?
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    A maker space
  37. What would engage the community here?
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    A
  38. What would engage the community here?
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    Skatepark
  39. What would engage the community here?
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    trolley car
  40. What would engage the community here?
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    beauty
  41. What would engage the community here?
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    alley
  42. What would engage the community here?
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    hookers
  43. What would engage the community here?
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    vertical park
  44. What would engage the community here?
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    firedepartment
  45. What would engage the community here?
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    all sorts of weekend fairs
  46. What would engage the community here?
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    public spaces
  47. What would engage the community here?
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    parade
  48. What would engage the community here?
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    coffee
  49. What would engage the community here?
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    homeless
  50. What would engage the community here?
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    a tram
  51. What would engage the community here?
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    community centre
  52. What would engage the community here?
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    A Western Train Robbery
  53. What would engage the community here?
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    alleys
  54. What would engage the community here?
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    orchard
  55. What would engage the community here?
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    Noise
  56. What would engage the community here?
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    community gardens and rec area
  57. What would engage the community here?
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    A pop-up potluck picnic space in the spring/summer. Cool public art or community-based design interventions in the winter. A track story or mural. Each wooden slat becomes a conversation starter, or a piece of someone's story. You have to walk along the track to read/view it.
  58. What would engage the community here?
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    bike paths
  59. What would engage the community here?
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    Train-based retail stores and restaurants.
  60. What would engage the community here?
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    Places to pause, secrets, conversation, ripe raspberries to pick, another place to pause and nap, 3 cellists
  61. What would engage the community here?
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    sport, performing art spaces, or activity. Like a small busker stage, outdoor gym, tire swing, lifesize chess, community gardens
  62. What would engage the community here?
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    cycling path
  63. What would engage the community here?
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    A pathway with benches and gardens
  64. What would engage the community here?
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    market stalls
  65. What would engage the community here?
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    bike path, walking path, garden
  66. What would engage the community here?
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    MOBI bikes
  67. What would engage the community here?
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    markets, permaculture, art expositions, public events, historical explanations, small train?
  68. What would engage the community here?
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    beautiful public gardens
  69. What would engage the community here?
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    a safer walk way or bike path
  70. What would engage the community here?
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    Artistic and safe border walls
  71. What would engage the community here?
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    a welcoming green space
  72. What would engage the community here?
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    bicycle path cafes + community gardens
  73. What would engage the community here?
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       painted trains
  74. What would engage the community here?
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    Series of covered, uncovered, unique meeting spots...places to have coffee, read a book, etc.
  75. What would engage the community here?
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    lights
  76. What would engage the community here?
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    Nature, not urban planning
  77. What would engage the community here?
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    places for youth to interact with elders - outdoor fitness equipment; ping pong tables, children's playground
  78. What would engage the community here?
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    history
  79. What would engage the community here?
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    Livable and interactive green space
  80. What would engage the community here?
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    public space w/ good seating
  81. What would engage the community here?
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    green skyline
  82. What would engage the community here?
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    cycling
  83. What would engage the community here?
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    a pop up coffee shop / cafe box
  84. What would engage the community here?
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    walking trail and a bike path
  85. What would engage the community here?
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    flowers creating a pathway
  86. What would engage the community here?
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    ice rink
  87. What would engage the community here?
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    Lowline
  88. What would engage the community here?
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    park and play space
  89. What would engage the community here?
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    pocket parks + farmers market an/or food trucks
  90. What would engage the community here?
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    food stall
  91. What would engage the community here?
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    make it be like new york highline
  92. What would engage the community here?
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    street market
  93. What would engage the community here?
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    bikeways, running trails, grow zones // urban agriculture
  94. What would engage the community here?
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    Bike paths, which they've already done. Is this picture old?
  95. What would engage the community here?
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    trains
  96. What would engage the community here?
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    A clearly marked walking path with 'discovery stations' for families to explore which could be anything from information plaques about local wildlife/plants to musical instruments, etc. A water installation that would create a rainbow overhead.
  97. What would engage the community here?
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    Dog Run
  98. What would engage the community here?
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    a hand car
  99. What would engage the community here?
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    downtown vancouver
  100. What would engage the community here?
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    parks
  101. What would engage the community here?
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    a streetcar
  102. What would engage the community here?
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    nature
  103. What would engage the community here?
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    Guerilla garden party built around cycle and walking paths
  104. What would engage the community here?
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    bicycle and walkways
  105. What would engage the community here?
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    a boardwalk
  106. What would engage the community here?
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    A park (paths and landscaping)
  107. What would engage the community here?
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    Track and Field
  108. What would engage the community here?
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    An AR installation showing the evolution of this place through the past three hundred years
  109. What would engage the community here?
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    paul fast
  110. What would engage the community here?
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    park + walkway
  111. What would engage the community here?
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    Free Food (with a Farmer's market)
  112. What would engage the community here?
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    pop up
  113. What would engage the community here?
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    a low aesthetic fence that would provide a protective barrier, with featured safe crossings, and opportunities for public art.
  114. What would engage the community here?
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    Connecting communities
  115. What would engage the community here?
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    what about artists such as those who are selling in the market on Granville Island or booksellers as are on the banks of the Seine in Paris...maybe weekends only.
  116. What would engage the community here?
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    urban garden area and a place for people to paint/create art, or desks and a place to study and read outside
  117. What would engage the community here?
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    A band.
  118. What would engage the community here?
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    transit
  119. What would engage the community here?
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    a path
  120. What would engage the community here?
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    decomposed granite trail and pedestrian style lighting
  121. What would engage the community here?
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    green space
  122. What would engage the community here?
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    I believe we need to look to the European countries and see how they approach these areas. We need to find areas of rest and social environments with vendors. Not just for summer but all year round. It can't be possible that just a closed street on Robson and one off Davie are the only options. This is a perfect approach to this area.
  123. What would engage the community here?
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    nothing, it's perfect the way it is
  124. What would engage the community here?
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    density
  125. What would engage the community here?
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    music
  126. What would engage the community here?
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    if the rail is decommissioned, tall benches on the outside of rail track with leg seats into the tracks
  127. What would engage the community here?
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    Public path, community gardens
  128. 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! :)
  129. What would engage the community here?
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    proper walkways and lighting, with seating and more landscaping
  130. What would engage the community here?
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    people
  131. What would engage the community here?
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    commuter train
  132. What would engage the community here?
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    a place to ride my bike
  133. What would engage the community here?
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    swimming pool
  134. What would engage the community here?
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    An obstacle course with flowers
  135. What would engage the community here?
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    An artisan market and colourful/nature-fueled space to build community!
  136. What would engage the community here?
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    Dog Park
  137. What would engage the community here?
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    mediating barriers of parking and rail
  138. What would engage the community here?
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    Certainly not a ugly road such as the one the City just created!
  139. 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
  140. What would engage the community here?
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    A farmers market and bakery
  141. What would engage the community here?
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    Chuck E Cheese?
  142. What would engage the community here?
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    LIGHTS AND COLOURED FENCES
  143. What would engage the community here?
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    Pavement and positive lighting
  144. What would engage the community here?
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    Walkable green path
  145. 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
  146. What would engage the community here?
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    gardens bike lanes seats games water
  147. What would engage the community here?
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    flowers
  148. What would engage the community here?
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    Public art project with seating and park
  149. What would engage the community here?
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    linear park
  150. What would engage the community here?
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    Play structures
  151. What would engage the community here?
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    Walking and bike path
  152. What would engage the community here?
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    A bikelane?!
  153. What would engage the community here?
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    an LRT system that would decrease traffic on Broadway
  154. What would engage the community here?
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    garden
  155. What would engage the community here?
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    Art and music combined
  156. 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?
  157. What would engage the community here?
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    sitting space
  158. 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!
  159. What would engage the community here?
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    wreak beach!!!!!
  160. 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
  161. What would engage the community here?
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    An engaging runway - with rec / playgrounds along the way
  162. What would engage the community here?
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    workshop
  163. What would engage the community here?
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    Weekly market
  164. What would engage the community here?
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    a Farmers' Market!
  165. What would engage the community here?
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    An outdoor market
  166. What would engage the community here?
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    pedestrian and cycling bridge
  167. What would engage the community here?
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    cycle hub
  168. What would engage the community here?
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    having a flea market / farmers market
  169. What would engage the community here?
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    running track / outdoor gym equipment
  170. What would engage the community here?
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    Social housing
  171. What would engage the community here?
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    A Fair would engage here.
  172. What would engage the community here?
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    paved bike path
  173. What would engage the community here?
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    a park on the side of the railway
  174. What would engage the community here?
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    Green space and park similar to the High Line Elevated Park in New York.
  175. What would engage the community here?
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    functional public art
  176. What would engage the community here?
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    The gardens that used to be there.
  177. What would engage the community here?
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    public walkway that celebrates site history
  178. What would engage the community here?
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    Lights.
  179. What would engage the community here?
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    A pavement! A cycle path....Urban seating...hedgerow
  180. What would engage the community here?
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    hot tub
  181. What would engage the community here?
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    bridge
  182. What would engage the community here?
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    An urban park in the style of New York's High Line
  183. What would engage the community here?
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    walking trail
  184. What would engage the community here?
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    A Tunnel
  185. What would engage the community here?
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    a rainbow tunnel
  186. What would engage the community here?
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    children, elders, ice cream, dogs
  187. What would engage the community here?
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    Humility and recognizing that money is not community.
  188. What would engage the community here?
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    complexe aquatique de Laval
  189. What would engage the community here?
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    Convert the old track Slats into piano Keys
  190. What would engage the community here?
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    Public workshops on design
  191. What would engage the community here?
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    housing
  192. What would engage the community here?
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    affordable transit network
  193. What would engage the community here?
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    living bridge
  194. What would engage the community here?
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    think
  195. 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!
  196. 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.
  197. 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
  198. What would engage the community here?
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    bike path
  199. What would engage the community here?
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    Sculpture garden
  200. What would engage the community here?
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    bike trails
  201. What would engage the community here?
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    Running and biking trails
  202. What would engage the community here?
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    micro-community centres, small retail options, play areas, transit options, sustainable landscaping.
  203. What would engage the community here?
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    Food Trucks
  204. What would engage the community here?
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    a cycling route
  205. What would engage the community here?
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    Street food pavilions
  206. What would engage the community here?
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    space for kids
  207. What would engage the community here?
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    bike route
  208. What would engage the community here?
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    Little resting spots with lovely landscape features - do I hear high line?
  209. What would engage the community here?
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    green corridor
  210. What would engage the community here?
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    laneway houses and parks
  211. What would engage the community here?
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    a book fair
  212. What would engage the community here?
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    pedestrian path
  213. What would engage the community here?
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    Tram to downtown
  214. What would engage the community here?
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    Gravel Cycling trail
  215. What would engage the community here?
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    a street party
  216. 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
  217. What would engage the community here?
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    gardens, seating areas, bike lane, walking path,
  218. What would engage the community here?
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    A flexible Space with pop up activities
  219. What would engage the community here?
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    slip and slide
  220. What would engage the community here?
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    PICNIC AREAS
  221. What would engage the community here?
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    a kite flying contest ! :D
  222. What would engage the community here?
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    no asphalt!
  223. What would engage the community here?
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    public garden
  224. What would engage the community here?
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    Linear Park similar to the Highline
  225. What would engage the community here?
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    market
  226. 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
  227. What would engage the community here?
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    pop up shop
  228. 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.
  229. What would engage the community here?
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    meditation park, outdoor church, community gardens, underground swimming pool and running track.
  230. What would engage the community here?
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    A street party!
  231. What would engage the community here?
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    gardens, gathering spaces, blocking out the road
  232. What would engage the community here?
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    Mixed Use Urban Park
  233. What would engage the community here?
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    markets
  234. What would engage the community here?
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    A farmers market
  235. What would engage the community here?
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    a party
  236. What would engage the community here?
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    an app
  237. What would engage the community here?
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    Walk/Bike lane
  238. What would engage the community here?
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    bring back the gardens!
  239. What would engage the community here?
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    Bench
  240. What would engage the community here?
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    parties
  241. What would engage the community here?
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    friendship
  242. 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.)
  243. What would engage the community here?
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    Swings
  244. What would engage the community here?
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    Covered market
  245. What would engage the community here?
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    landscaping
  246. What would engage the community here?
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    a fitness bootcamp
  247. 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)
  248. What would engage the community here?
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    a dog park
  249. What would engage the community here?
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    a beautiful LED light display walk & bike path. Like those found in Japan
  250. What would engage the community here?
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    Bike Path Trees, gardens
  251. What would engage the community here?
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    a plaza
  252. What would engage the community here?
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    an inclusive and accessible pathway with community garden spaces
  253. What would engage the community here?
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    A lookout tower (a treehouse for grownups!)
  254. What would engage the community here?
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    dog walk
  255. What would engage the community here?
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    children
  256. What would engage the community here?
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    public space
  257. What would engage the community here?
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    communal gardens
  258. 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.
  259. 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
  260. What would engage the community here?
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    rain gardens, daylighted streams
  261. What would engage the community here?
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    variable-scale co-housing
  262. What would engage the community here?
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    LIGHTING, LANDSCAPE, SITTING,PLAYGROUND.
  263. What would engage the community here?
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    A park
  264. What would engage the community here?
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    Bike trail
  265. What would engage the community here?
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    A linear bubble pit
  266. What would engage the community here?
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    skywalk
  267. 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
  268. What would engage the community here?
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    art
  269. What would engage the community here?
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    food
  270. What would engage the community here?
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    roa
  271. What would engage the community here?
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    a greenway with lots of people
  272. 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);
  273. What would engage the community here?
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    a more park like place, with benches and places to have community
  274. What would engage the community here?
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    spontaneous activity centres that interact with the earth
  275. What would engage the community here?
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    Linear parks and gardens
  276. What would engage the community here?
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    parklet
  277. What would engage the community here?
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    gardens
  278. 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?
  279. What would engage the community here?
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    LRT
  280. 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)
  281. What would engage the community here?
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    community gardens
  282. What would engage the community here?
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    play
  283. What would engage the community here?
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    walkway
  284. 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
  285. What would engage the community here?
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    park
  286. What would engage the community here?
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    suspended pathways. bridges or walkways that extend upwards over the tracks
  287. What would engage the community here?
    5Like
    a zebra and an elephant
  288. What would engage the community here?
    Like
    a summer market as well as fair
  289. 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.
  290. 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.
  291. What would engage the community here?
    Like
    a gathering space for the different communities on both sides
  292. What would engage the community here?
    1Like
    A really long swimming pool
  293. What would engage the community here?
    Like
    Festivals or even gardening.
  294. What would engage the community here?
    Like
    garens
  295. What would engage the community here?
    Like
    bikes
  296. What would engage the community here?
    Like
    birds
  297. What would engage the community here?
    Like
    Outdoor movies at the tracks
  298. What would engage the community here?
    Like
    A bridge with benchs on top
  299. What would engage the community here?
    3Like
    elephants
  300. What would engage the community here?
    2Like
    Elevated patio space, with benches and tables
  301. What would engage the community here?
    Like
    A reason to actually be here!
  302. What would engage the community here?
    Like
    community garden
  303. What would engage the community here?
    1Like
    food truck row, or something like the high line in New York?
  304. What would engage the community here?
    2Like
    community gardens, gathering places, farmer's markets, artists gatherings on weekends
  305. What would engage the community here?
    5Like
    A pedal-powered musical railway machine
  306. What would engage the community here?
    7Like
    free beer
  307. What would engage the community here?
    2Like
    space to gather
  308. What would engage the community here?
    4Like
    bike path!
  309. What would engage the community here?
    6Like
    restaurant on wheels

We hope this experiment tilts perspectives and inspires curiosity and conversation about the built environment.

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