Presentation Title

Good City Principles: A Case Study of the Mission Hill Neighbourhood in Vernon, BC

Format of Presentation

15-minute lecture to be presented the Saturday of the conference

Abstract

This presentation reports on results from ongoing research seeking to answer the following two research questions: First, what are the key planning principles proposed in the sustainability, livability, age friendly and smart growth literature that should be adopted in order to enhance the physical and mental well-being of suburban residents? Second, how does the Mission Hill neighbourhood located in Vernon, BC – a typical, mature, suburban community, fare with regard to those “good city” principles?

The complex nature of the socio-economic composition and behavioural organization of the Mission Hill neighbourhood is captured through the analysis of key indictors from the 2006 and 2016 Canadian census, and through observations conducted at various times over three days of field work. Following the comparison of the outcome from the empirical analysis with the list of good city principles, preliminary results reveal that access to public transit; walkability and other mobility issues; housing affordability, quality and diversity; the quality of the physical and social environment; and perceptions of safety, are some of the key issues facing residents in this neighbourhood. Five recommendations are proposed to address these concerns.

Department

Geography and Environmental Studies

Faculty Advisor

Gilles Viaud

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Good City Principles: A Case Study of the Mission Hill Neighbourhood in Vernon, BC

This presentation reports on results from ongoing research seeking to answer the following two research questions: First, what are the key planning principles proposed in the sustainability, livability, age friendly and smart growth literature that should be adopted in order to enhance the physical and mental well-being of suburban residents? Second, how does the Mission Hill neighbourhood located in Vernon, BC – a typical, mature, suburban community, fare with regard to those “good city” principles?

The complex nature of the socio-economic composition and behavioural organization of the Mission Hill neighbourhood is captured through the analysis of key indictors from the 2006 and 2016 Canadian census, and through observations conducted at various times over three days of field work. Following the comparison of the outcome from the empirical analysis with the list of good city principles, preliminary results reveal that access to public transit; walkability and other mobility issues; housing affordability, quality and diversity; the quality of the physical and social environment; and perceptions of safety, are some of the key issues facing residents in this neighbourhood. Five recommendations are proposed to address these concerns.