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Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street


Shaping Vancouver 2018: Contested Places

November 15, 2018


FREE, registration is required. Donations to Heritage Vancouver are much appreciated.


When: Thu, Nov 15, 2018. 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Where: Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre (GCA 2555), Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.

**Please note that at this time, the building is only accessible via the Cordova Street courtyard entrance. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at 778-782-9223 or via email at

Additional Info: Co-presented by SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement and Heritage Vancouver

Conversation #3: Values and Change in Living Communities-Mount Pleasant and the SkyTrain

Earlier this year, Vancouver City Council unanimously approved the Millennium Line Broadway Extension, which will add six new SkyTrain stops along the Broadway Corridor, including one in the middle of Mount Pleasant. Such an addition necessarily entails change to existing character of the neighbourhood, leading many to ask about the role of heritage in transit planning, and how rapid transit in Vancouver can be expanded to contribute to the future of the neighbourhood. 

This SkyTrain extension will cut directly through the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood, which stretches from Cambie Street to Clark Drive along the Broadway Corridor. The junction where Main Street and Kingsway converge is the historic and cultural heart of this area, lined with pedestrian-friendly streets, independent stores and cafes, and a village atmosphere courtesy of affordable rental apartments, historic architecture, and independent businesses.

This extension of the Millennium Skytrain includes a new station in the core of Mount Pleasant. This has provoked some fears that rising property taxes and increasing rent & maintenance costs will squeeze out “the hip, little village”, as well as drive dramatic new developments. With such a major infrastructure project on the horizon in Mount Pleasant — similar to previous transformations of the Cambie Corridor — the City will have to determine how the qualities definitive of Mount Pleasant can be protected and/or adapted due to this comprehensive land use change.

Planners, developers, and policymakers in Vancouver have spent decades debating the improvement of the rapid transit network along the Broadway Corridor. As the City finalizes its policy plan, it has an opportunity to address a number of different social priorities, including housing affordability, neighbourhood integration, the strength of the Corridor’s job market, and the unique cultural fabric of Mount Pleasant.

In this session of Shaping Vancouver, we aim to provide a space for participants to discuss:

  • How can we best assess the impact of the SkyTrain on the neighbourhoods that it passes through?
  • What features are essential to Mount Pleasant and how might they be compromised with the new development?
  • How can this development be conscious of the unique landscape that it will run through and incorporate the qualities that are valued in the neighbourhood so that the expansion enhances Mount Pleasant?
  • How can we balance the retention/protection of neighbourhood character with urban stresses that demand reorganization of space?


Bill Yuen is the Executive Director of Heritage Vancouver Society. He is particularly interested in cultural landscape theory and practice as well as the role that normative economics, and behaviour play in heritage, heritage policy, and social outcomes. Recent work includes being part of the team researching San Francisco’s Legacy Business program and creating a Vancouver definition that is based off of a multitude of stakeholder values. In recent years, he has presented on creative interventions in heritage policy and managing change in cultural landscapes. Bill is involved in all aspects of the society from planning, program development and delivery, to administration and research.

Speaker Bios

Alyssa Myshok - Mount Pleasant resident, participant in Mount Pleasant Community Plan, life-long transit user

Alyssa has lived in Vancouver for 26 years and purchased her first home in Mount Pleasant in 2007. Upon moving to the community she eagerly signed up for the City’s Community Planning workshops and the subsequent Implementation Plan committee from which The Mount Pleasant Community Plan (November 2010) and Community Plan Implementation Package (October 2013) resulted. Her experiences with the process and newfound insight into Mount Pleasant’s history led to Alyssa co-founding the Mount Pleasant Heritage Group alongside fellow longtime resident Danielle Peacock. Alyssa holds a Bachelor of Interior Design from the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Architecture, is principal of a design studio in Gastown and a past president of the IDIBC (Interior Designers Institute of BC). Her days are peppered with thoughts on the psychology of space and the relationship between design, culture and society.

Tamim Raad - Principal, Access Planning Consultants

Tamim is a dedicated urbanist with 25 years of experience in tackling tough challenges and shaping the strategic agenda in cities. He is Principal of Access Planning, a small consultancy with offices in Vancouver and Toronto, providing policy and infrastructure strategy advice to public bodies on major transportation and development initiatives. Tamim’s work is founded on an extensive public agency tenure leading and directing project planning for complex transit and transportation infrastructure at TransLink as well as extensive experience leading non-governmental program and advocacy initiatives prior to that. With this, he brings both direct public agency experience and perspective, as well as a drive to see progressive change in transportation and city building practice, to his advisory work. He is a recognized as a leader in his work, and has been an instructor for Simon Fraser University’s City Program since 2002. Tamim is also a long time and proud resident of Mount Pleasant and is passionate about its evolving place in the City.

Sarah Savoy - Owner, Much & Little 

Sarah Savoy was born and raised in Vancouver. She is the owner and operator of Much & Little, a lifestyle boutique located in the heart of Mount Pleasant. She established her shop in 2011 and despite having to move her business after 7 years, she has successfully fought to stay in the neighbourhood she loves. She lives in East Vancouver with her husband, their son, and their dog.

Michael Wiebe - Owner, Eight 1/2 restaurant, past President Mount Pleasant BIA, Vancouver City Councillor as of Nov. 5

Councillor Michael Wiebe is a strong supporter of rich cultural spaces, accessibility, social inclusion, reconciliation, multi-mode transportation, climate change mitigation, and efficient local governance. As a GREEN City Councillor, he wants to preserve and create new places and experiences that honor our past, foster our creativity, strengthen our identity, and bring people together.

Councillor Wiebe gained extensive leadership experience as a public servant and business leader with the Vancouver Park Board (past chair), Art House Society (saved the RIO), eight ½ restaurant lounge, Office of the Premier, Mount Pleasant BIA (president), Persons with Disabilities Advisory Committee, Indigenous Peoples Advisory Committee, LGBT2+/TGV2S, Food Policy Council, Implementation Committee, and other community groups to better serve this city.

About the series

Shaping Vancouver 2018: Contested Places

Welcome to our fourth season of Shaping Vancouver. This season, we focus on the multiple values of places. Change is a fundamental part of heritage. Places are not frozen in time — with the passage of time, changes occur in them layering additional meaning on top of another. These changes bring about the diversity and differing values that characterize a place. And these values may not be the traditional ones we think of — the historic and the aesthetic values of architecture. In many cases, some of those values may conflict.

We engage with these complexities of place and their differing communities by looking at several examples in Vancouver where these multiple values stand out. How do we learn, understand, capture, protect, and balance the differing values that are central for a place so that it contributes to social benefit and for the public to understand, appreciate, and experience the value of the sites? Importantly, we also explore the need to plan for and have appropriate policies that secure the advantages of this diversity and allow for the coexistence of these multiple realities.


Find out more about the work of our partners & join the online discussion in SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement Facebook group!


FREE, registration is required. Donations to Heritage Vancouver are much appreciated.


When: Thu, Nov 15, 2018. 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Where: Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre (GCA 2555), Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.

**Please note that at this time, the building is only accessible via the Cordova Street courtyard entrance. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at 778-782-9223 or via email at

Additional Info: Co-presented by SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement and Heritage Vancouver

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