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SRA News 27 February 2011

Hello, Strathcona friends and neighbours. Chinatown condo towers and a downtown mega-casino nestle snugly together in the “world’s greenest city.”  Sound improbable? Inform yourselves and have a voice in the decisions by participating in the events described below.







Please join us on March 2 at 7:15 at the Strathcona Community Centre for the monthly meeting of the Strathcona Residents Association. See the agenda below. Following a short business meeting, we will have two special guests with long experience in urban activism who will critique the City’s proposal to allow the building of towers in Chinatown. How would it affect that neighbourhood? And how might taller buildings affect Strathcona?


Business meeting:

-- Zoning Committee report

-- Safety & Security Committee report

-- Casino update    

-- Bike Path update    

-- Request for volunteers for the big makeover day at the Strathcona Community Centre

-- SRA/SCCA “This Is Strathcona” Vancouver 125 grant application



HIGHRISES IN CHINATOWNRecipe for Revitalization or Neighbourhood Nemesis?


Join urban activists Ned Jacobs and Elizabeth Murphy in exploring the impacts that redeveloping Chinatown South with buildings up to 15 storeys could have on livability, affordability, heritage and character. Recommendations for a new Chinatown height policy will be considered by City Council following the public hearing on March 17.


Ned Jacobs, a son and lifelong student of the urbanist Jane Jacobs, grew up in New York ’s historic Greenwich Village . As a youth he contributed to saving the Village and its environs from urban renewal projects and expressways and helped pioneer non-destructive forms of development that respect neighbourhood character and scale. After immigrating to Toronto in 1968, he joined the grass-roots movement that stopped the Spadina expressway. A Vancouverite since 1975, Ned has participated in causes and initiatives concerning the environment, transportation, social justice and neighbourhood planning. He has been a guest lecturer for the SFU Urban Studies Program and the UBC School of Regional and Community Planning, and currently serves as a spokesperson for the Neighbourhoods for a Sustainable Vancouver network of community groups.


Elizabeth Murphy, was born and raised in Vancouver . She has worked in design, development and project management as a consultant, as a former Property Development Officer with the City of Vancouver Housing and Properties Department, and as a Senior Projects Development Officer with BC Housing. She won a City of Vancouver Heritage Award for a heritage project she developed and managed that was completed in 2007. As a heritage advocate she was on the Board of Directors for Heritage Vancouver and on a subcommittee for the Vancouver Heritage Commission. She also is a proponent for neighbourhood based planning processes and has been involved with the CityPlan Community Visions program and community groups.







City Council’s public hearing on the casino expansion will be on March 7, 7:30pm at City Hall.


Plan to attend at City Hall that night. Numbers do have an impact on Council decisions. Write a letter, send an email, and please sign the petition on the Vancouver Not Vegas website ( http://vancouvernotvegas.ca.).


You can sign up to speak at the hearing (even one sentence makes your voice heard) by calling the City Clerk's Office at 604.873.7276 or e-mailing ccclerk@vancouver.ca.


To write City Council, compose a single email and put all of these addresses in the "To" line:




Tell City Council no expanded Edgewater mega-casino and no more gaming expansion in Vancouver. We need a moratorium on all gaming expansion in our city until there has been proper public consultation and a full, transparent public process, not a gaming expansion application hidden deep inside a land rezoning application. Use your own words. A few sentences is enough.








We are entering the home stretch for our consultation on the draft Greenest City 2020 Action Plans and have several events planned this week. Reply to greenestcity@vancouver.ca.

1. GREENEST CITY CAMP - Saturday, March 5, 8:30 - 4:30
This is not a meeting but a doing! As the Greenest City initiative starts to move from draft plan to action, explore how we can work together in innovative ways to achieve Vancouver's Greenest City vision.

Camp is a full - day unconference where you provide the agenda. And at the end of the day everyone leaves with concrete ideas, new friends and collaborators, actions and projects to build the Greenest City in the world by 2020.

Learn more and register at: http://www.talkgreenvancouver.ca/camp
And to help get you ready for camp, we have scheduled a Greenest City Camp 101 Webinar on Thursday, March 3 from 12:00 - 1:00. Visit the website for details.

2. GREENEST CITY 101 WEBINAR - Friday, March 4th, 12:00 - 1:00
From Zero Waste to Local Food, From Green Economy to Green Spaces, this webinar is an opportunity to get an overview of the 10 draft action plans that make up Vancouver's goal to become the Greenest City in the world by 2020.

We'll give a brief history of the process that brought us to the 10 draft action plans. Run through the plan's long-term goals and shorter-term targets and highlight a few of the proposed actions in each. Then we'll open it up to questions and comments!

Register here: &&&http://davidsuzuki.webex.com/davidsuzuki/j.php?ED=165134187&RG=1&UID=1195258322&RT=NCM0


Zero Waste Vancouver and the City of Vancouver invite you to a “Talk Green Vancouver" conversation where we'll explore what it will take to help your neighbourhood achieve Zero Waste.

This event will appeal to citizens, community groups and local businesses who want to tackle waste. Come learn about the draft Greenest City Zero Waste Action Plan and give us your feedback. Then role up your sleeves and help brainstorm what kind of Zero Waste assets in your neighbourhoods would help Vancouver achieve our Zero Waste goal.

A light dinner and refreshments will be provided.
Please register by Monday, Feb 25th http://www.talkgreenvancouver.ca/events/443

Curious what it’s going to take to become the Greenest City in the world by 2020? Find out what thousands of people have said by checking out the draft Greenest City 2020 Action Plans at http://talkgreenvancouver.ca.

On this website you can read the draft action plans, watch the videos and comment on the strategies and help prioritize the actions. Hurry, because commenting closes on March 5th.