Erin O'Melinn, executive director, Hub Cycling, weighs in on her vision for Vancouver in 25 years. (Video still from DVBIA)

This article was published originally on Vancouver Observer on August 17, 2015.

What will Vancouver look like when it grows up? [VIDEO]

By Vancouver Observer, August 17, 2015,

'Re-Imagine Downtown Vancouver' is a chance for the public to take in a lunchtime panel and speak up about where it's headed.


Where is this city headed in 25 years? And what kind of future do we want?

Those are some of the questions being posed at an SFU City Conversation event at a downtown park this Thursday, Aug. 20, co-sponsored by Re-Imagine Downtown Vancouver and Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association (DVBIA) .

Re-Imagine Downtown Vancouver is a chance for the public to take in a lunchtime panel and speak up about where it's headed. What do you love about downtown Vancouver? What needs to change? How can we make this community one of the best in the world in which to live, work, play and learn?

These are important questions during this city's rampant growth — not unlike a teenager.

"Vancouver is still an adolescent not realizing it’s becoming an adult and not knowing what it wants to be when it grows up," says renowned architect and urban designer Bing Thom. “The fact of the matter is, it’s going to grow up very fast and if we don’t get a hold of it other people will determine how we’re going to grow up."

Vancouver appears to be all grown up but is still in adolescence, says renowned architect Bing Thom. Screen shot from DVBIA video (below).

The event takes place from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the urban park setting at the north end of Hornby Street at West Hastings, part of the the DVBIA's 25th anniversary event that includes developing a collaborative and compelling vision for the 2040 downtown Vancouver experience.

A panel of speakers presenting their visions include: Lance Berelowitz, a planner, urban designer, award-winning writer and commentator, who will look at the evolution of downtown Vancouver's urban planning and design culture; Keltie Craig from the City of Vancouver, who will share her vision for downtown as a "healthy city" Rounding and the Very Reverend Peter Elliott, dean and rector of Christ Church Cathedral Vancouver, who will discuss his hopes for social inclusion and community building in downtown Vancouver.

Then it’s the public's turn to question, observe, and offer perspective and opinion. Here are a few: