Vancouver’s West End wins Grand Prize in the “Great Neighbourhood” category of Great Places in Canada 2015

Inukshuk photos, CIP 2015 Great Neighbourhood AwardsThe Canadian Institute of Planners announced yesterday that the West End has been awarded Grand Prize in the “Great Neighbourhood” category of Great Places in Canada 2015.

Excerpt from press release (4-Nov-2015): Great Neighbourhood winner, the West End in Vancouver, was chosen because of a collaboration of many factors. Juror Jaspal Marwah MCIP, RPP states that “the West End makes it easy, safe and inviting for residents to walk and bike to work, to access thriving local businesses and to explore Vancouver’s beaches, trails and Stanley Park. Transit access, traffic calming, street furniture, treed promenades, pocket parks and public spaces reflect a thoughtful approach to place-making. Home to the city’s LGBTQ community, the West End’s density is evenly matched by its diversity of residents, and by a strong commitment to creating an inclusive community that prioritizes affordable housing.”

The honour of “Great Place” is awarded by a jury of Professional Planners based a variety of planning merits under each category. Nominators receive a prize and a plaque is given to commemorate the place’s new designation. Winners were announced in conjunction with World Town Planning Day  events (Nov. 4 – 6). Here is the link to the full submission – a great description of life in the West End: http://greatplacesincanada.ca/gpic_places/west-end/

WEN comment: What an honour for the West End and everyone who has made it what it is today! For the future, residents need to stay on their toes and stay involved, as dramatic and rapid change is happening to the character of the neighbourhood as a result of the West End Community Plan adopted in 2013. 

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More background, from website.

The Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) is proud to present the 5th annual Great Places in Canada contest. Great Places in Canada was created to celebrate and share those places which make one’s community unique and to recognize the vital work of our country’s professional planners. Each nominated place is showcased on the 2015 Nominations page until November, 2015 when winners are announced.
JURY STATEMENT

The West End makes it easy, safe and inviting for residents to walk and bike to work, to access thriving local businesses and to explore Vancouver’s beaches, trails and Stanley Park. Transit access, traffic calming, street furniture, treed promenades, pocket parks and public spaces reflect a thoughtful approach to placemaking. Home to the city’s LGBTQ community, the West End’s density is evenly matched by its diversity of residents, and by a strong commitment to creating an inclusive community that prioritizes affordable housing.

MEDIA COVERAGE

Vancouver’s West End wins best neighbourhood in Canada. Emily Jackson. Metro News Vancouver, 5-Nov-2015. http://www.metronews.ca/news/vancouver/2015/11/04/vancouver-west-end-wins-best-neighbourhood-in-canada.html

MORE INFO

http://greatplacesincanada.ca/2015-winners/

The Great Places in Canada contest was created as a celebration of what makes different Canadian communities unique.

It provides the CIP with the opportunity to share these communities and to recognize the work of professional planners across the country.

The Grand Prize is awarded by a jury of professional planners who assess each nomination based on a variety of planning merits under each category.

The People’s Choice category is awarded solely on the basis of who receives the most votes through an online voting system.

About the Canadian Institute of Planners
The Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) is the national voice of Canada’s planning profession. Since 1919, CIP has been dedicated to the advancement of responsible planning throughout Canada. CIP has a membership of over 7,800 professional planners, and collaborates with provincial planning institutes and associations to promote professional standards, training and certification as well as best practices in planning across Canada. Visit www.cip-icu.ca.

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