Vancouver's strengths

Social fabric

Vancouver’s many diverse communities present a range of socioeconomic and cultural conditions - from being home to one of Canada’s largest urban indigenous populations (Ball, 2018), to the transient and visiting population (William-Ross, 2018), and to the extreme poverty concentrated in the Downtown Eastside (“Downtown Eastside Local Area Profile”, 2013). These diverse conditions require that solutions to foster resilience be adaptable and context specific. In this light, we have designed the NeighbourHub with modular components, or “building-blocks”, which can be adapted to meet specific community needs. To support equitable access to resources, our vision is to implement a NeighbourHub in a public park within a ten minute walk of every household. This is possible because the City of Vancouver has a mandate to implement parks within a five minute walk of all households by 2020 (City of Vancouver).

Raincouver  

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Bike culture

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Vancouver's vulnerabilities

LONELY CITY

One of Vancouver’s present challenges is a high rate of loneliness and social isolation. In a 2017 survey, social isolation was found to affect one in four people and Vancouver was characterized as “a hard place to make friends” with “a declining level of participation in community life” (Vancouver Foundation, 2017). These experiences have negative repercussions on a population’s resilience to shocks and stresses, as illustrated in disaster scenarios comparing social cohesion in Japan, New Zealand, and Canada (Nirupama, 2015). In a disaster, the lack of social networks and community preperation plans will leave many residents vulnerable.Despite local outreach efforts, only 12% of Metro Vancouver residents have a complete emergency plan with loved ones (Ipsos Public Affairs, 2018, p. 18).

Island city 

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Cycle city

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Raincouver