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The following is my best attempt at transcribing the Visioning exercise from the last Village Vancouver meeting held on January 25th at Strathcona Community Centre


Present in attendance:  Emi Do, Penny Coupland, Rebecca Cuttler, Sobey and two guests, from Downtown and the West End.


Vision for our Ideal Neighborhood

"A Complete Community"



-meaningful work

-connected with the community

-easily accessible (working within our own community)


-necessities accessible on foot or by bicycle

-car co-op because driving cars can be fun too (but we all don't need to own one!)

-food access

-access to local food

-access to knowledge regarding food

-formation of heritage gardens

-textile access

-access to locally produced textiles

-access to knowledge and skills

-access to locally produced clothing


-creation of non hierarchical forms of education

-ability to educate children in neighborhood

-education and knowledge sharing structures

-energy consciousness

-being cognizant in public shared buildings of energy use (ie heating in community centres)


Resource Mapping of Strathcona

-internet resources

-Strathcona Resident's Association Blo

-East Vancouver Wiki

-Moneyless Man Tool Sharing webpage



-Vancouver Hack Space (above Save on Meats on Hastings) for carpentry tools

-OCB (Main and 17th) and Pedal Depot (Ontario and 2nd) for bicycle tools

-meeting places

-Wilder Snail and Union Market (locally owned cafes)

-Homes and Houses


-Strathcona Community Centre


-SOLE Food on Hastings (near Astoria) for freshly grown produce markets

-Seed Saving network

-energy and time of large retired community and resourceful Chinese community



-design (landscape)

-gardening/ food production

-food preservation

-weaving, spinning, sewing, mending

-basket making

-presentation, facilitation

-muscle, energy, enthusiasm!

-eco education

-administration/ organisation

-bike repair 


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