TOUR 327: Container Parklet

How might we measure the impact of public space interventions?

Term: Fall 2020
Department: Tourism
Course: Research Methods and Applications in Tourism (TOUR 327)
Instructor: Francisco Nogueira
Staff contact: Leah Herman (City of North Vancouver)

Quantifying the impact of public space interventions can be challenging; yet, it is valuable to help inform where the City invests its budget and builds capacity. Students will develop a set of measurement criteria and research methods to evaluate the impact of a Container Parklet, a newly introduced placemaking intervention that is part of the larger Open Streets initiative and the municipality’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The students will then carry out their research project and report back on preliminary findings regarding the community’s response to the container parklet.

City Strategy and Goal Area:

  • Official Community Plan 2014
    • Goal 5.3: Provide a variety of public spaces for community engagement and stewardship.
      • 5.3.6 Foster partnerships between members of the community, the City, and organizations to promote social health through interaction and a sense of community.
  • Council Strategic Plan
    • Vibrant City – Provide expanded opportunity for parklets
    • A Prosperous City supports a diverse economy by creating an environment where new and existing businesses can grow and thrive.