Imagining a High Street for Strathcona on Hastings

What we could imagine

Creating a future for our heritage and creating our heritage contribution for the future

Giving our community the opportunity to say what buildings, what places, what businesses, and what experiences connect them to their appreciation for their community

Exploring what we have to work with, exploring what we were years ago when we were Vancouver’s main street and exploring what we could imagine and what we could do to create a community place, – a place for creating community and a place for community to create.

Imagining the possibilities and satisfying our constraints, – the interests we have in protecting, preserving, and increasing the contribution of our heritage resources, our community places, and our community enterprises to our experience.

What we could explore

What did we have? What do we have? What is planned now? Where are we going now? What could we imagine? What would contribute to what we imagine? What could militate against what we could imagine? What community businesses, community enterprises, and community resources are contributing to our interests and to our imagining? Who could we invite to contribute to our imagination of our neighbourhood? Who could we invite to contribute to our ideas about what could contribute to creating community in our neighbourhood?

What community resources, and places, and experiences could we preserve and enhance? What community places, resources, and experiences could we create? What heritage resources anchor and contribute to the character and experience of our community? What do we imagine could increase their contribution to our community experience? What could we recreate to connect our community with our evolution as a community? What could we create as our heritage contribution to the future?

What stories do we have about our heritage resources, experiences, and life on Hastings Street? What images do we have?

What opportunities could we create to give our community the ability to say what buildings, places, businesses, and experiences connect them to their appreciation for their community?

How could we imagine and create a community planning process which gives our community the opportunity and ability to continue to contribute to creating our community as our community evolves?

How could we create new purposes for our resources that increase their contribution and value to our community?

What geographical and cultural features are representative of our community? Why do they represent a feature of our community? What opportunities are there to have a look inside and contribute to our experience and appreciation for our neighbourhood, and our community heritage, and our creative imagination?

What we could consider
A sustainable community is an economically independent community
Having to go outside to satisfy our daily needs for food, services, experiences, entertainment, and culture takes energy
Rural communities don’t expect government to create community places and create a community for them
Community businesses are more likely to be self-sustaining when they contribute to the interests and culture of the community
Our community wealth and our ability to create community lies in our community resources, our community relationships, and our community enterprises

What we could do
Creating community around imagining and creating a High Street
We can be talking with our community as we are talking about our community.