"There is something amazing here that we have to help
That's what Dave Lane said about the capacity crowd of 150 that
crammed the Rocket Room with energy last Saturday, March 2 for
Happy City's "I Love NL" event.
Fill out our post-event survey!
Three speakers fed our curiosity:
Katherine Loflin, an urban planning
consultant from North Carolina, shared the clear message from her
extensive research on "placemaking" throughout the United
States: loved cities do better in every way--from
quality of life to the economic bottom line.
By focusing on how to make our communities beautiful, fun, and
welcoming we will attract more young talent, more newcomers, more
businesses and entrepreneurs, and be more livable for children,
seniors, and everyone.
Miss the event? Watch Katherine's talk
Sheldon O'Neill of Immigration NL used
clever humour to share his Department's bold objective to triple
immigration in five years and the innovative plans to make this
place a welcoming one for much-needed newcomers.
Neil Dawe of Virdis ended the session with
a call for municipalities to do placemaking better and challenged
us to create a 100-year vision for our community.
The event had the crowd buzzing afterwards, as the coffee and
ideas about how to make our communities places to love flowed.
Everyone acknowledged Newfoundlanders' strong sense of attachment
to the places they are from, and by playing on this
strength--keeping place at the centre of our municipal thinking--we
can create for thriving communities for newcomers, young talent,
seniors, and others.
How do we take all this potential and make this a world-class
place in every way?
Katherine Loflin urged all of us to "do what makes you unique
and stay the course." She also advised that it "doesn't have to
cost huge bucks." If we put place at the centre of what we do and
how we make decisions, we can ensure our place will be one that we
all love -- and thrive in -- for years to come.
We want to hear your responses to this event:
- In what ways can we build on our strong sense of, and
connection to, this place?
- What things, big and small, can we all do to make our
communities more beautiful, more fun, and more open?
- How good are we at "Placemaking" in St. John's - and what could
we do better?
Click here to fill answer the survey!