Mount Pleasant Placemaking Tour

On May 7th, I had the pleasure of participating in a placemaking tour of Mount Pleasant for Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House as part of the Inspire 2014 conference, an International Neighbourhood House and Settlement Conference.

From their website:

“Be a part of a global community of inspiring leaders working locally for social justice. Connect with innovative and passionate people to strengthen and effect change in local neighbourhoods. Help shape, mobilize, integrate and build communities.”

Delegates from all around the globe split into small groups to visit neighbourhood houses across the Lower Mainland. Twenty odd delegates visited Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House and we decided to host a placemaking tour.

What is placemaking, you ask? From Project for Public Spaces:

“Placemaking is a quiet movement that reimagines public spaces as the heart of every community, in every city. It’s a transformative approach that inspires people to create and improve their public places. Placemaking strengthens the connection between people and the places they share.”

Mount Pleasant Placemaking Tour Map

Our tour started at Main and Broadway, with stops along the way to see and talk about Livable Laneways, west of the Lee Building; Dude Chilling Park; the Brewery Creek Community Garden; the Dude Chilling Art Exchange; Kingsgate Mall mural; the “Gather Round” garden and community gathering roundabout; the St. George Lending Library; the St. George Rainway; the Sahalli Park Community Garden; the mural at Prince Albert Street and East Broadway; and an art installation by local artist Jasminka Miletic-Prelovac as part of the Broadway East Art Walk.

Mount Pleasant Placemaking Dude Chilling Art Exchange

Gathering around the Dude Chilling Art Exchange. Photo courtesy of Broadway East Art Walk.

We wrapped up the tour at Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House (MPNH) with Pecha Kucha talks about what’s happening in the neighbourhood and a delicious dinner cooked in the MPNH kitchen.

Nodes by Jasminka Miletic-Prelovac

“Nodes” by local artist Jasminka Miletic-Prelovac. Photo courtesy of Nicole Janssen.

If you have the opportunity to do so, take yourself on the walking tour. It’s worth it to see all the great things happening within that specific slice of Mount Pleasant. I’ve tried to provide links to all the stops we made (further above). Perhaps you’ll be inspired to reinvent a public space within your community.

What placemaking work are you doing in your neighbourhood? I’d love to hear about.

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