Happy City Spring Update
Hello Happy Citizens, and happy (almost) spring. We'll get
It's been a little while since we've dropped you all a line,
so we thought we'd let you know what's on the go here at Happy
City. There are a couple of things happening quite soon that should
be of interest to many of you, so read on!
In this blog post:
1. City of St. John's Winter
2. Jane's Walks St. John's - May
3. Doing Density Right - Where are we
4. BusFest St. John's - Coming in
5. Civic Engagement Boot Camp
6. How to get involved
1. City of St. John's
Winter Maintenance Survey
Remember our "Snow Business" campaign? Hundreds of you spoke
up and made a real impact on how the City of St. John's deals with
winter maintenance. This year was the first run for some of the new
practices, and the City wants to hear from as many people as
possible about how it went. Please take a few minutes
to complete this online
survey. It closes April 24, so don't delay, and
spread the word to your friends.
2. Jane's Walks
St. John's - May 1-3
For the second year in a row, Happy City is helping organize
a "Jane's Walks" festival in St. John's over the first weekend in
May. The concept is simple: Jane's Walks are free, citizen-led
walking tours inspired by Canadian urbanist Jane Jacobs. The walks
get people to tell stories about their communities, explore their
cities, and connect free, citizen-led walking tours inspired
by Jane Jacobs. The walks get people to tell stories about their
communities, explore their cities, and connect with
These walks can take any form - it could be a short stroll
around a neighbourhood to tell some local stories, or a long walk
through a park looking for rare birds. Right now, we're looking
for walk leaders who
would like to take people for a stroll sometime on May 1, 2, or 3.
You can register and post your own walk at http://janeswalk.org/canada/st-johns/, or
just reply to this email - a couple Happy City volunteers will help
get you sorted out!
3. Doing Density Right
- Where are we at?
Many of you participated in Happy City's Doing Density Right
survey and sessions in the Winter. We got a ton of great input - so
much, in fact, that working through it all has been a big
challenge! We're almost there, though, and with some student staff
coming online soon, you can expect to see more conversation about
density in St. John's happening this Spring.
4. BusFest St. John's -
Coming in June
One of the most common topics at Happy City events for some
time has been public transit - making it work, making it
attractive, and making it integrated into our rapidly changing
city. To help get people talking about transit, we're working on
organizing a one-day celebration of public transit in St. John's,
tentatively scheduled for June 12th. Look for a social media
campaign encouraging people to take transit that day and tweet
about it, and look for some special things happening on the buses
themselves that day!
5. Civic Engagement
We'll soon be seeing lots of movement on the planning front
- the process has begun to put together a new regional plan for the
Northeast Avalon - this will have a big impact on St. John's and on
our connection with other communities in the region. We also expect
to see the City's process keep moving as they work through updating
their development regulations, which are the rules that turn the
new Municipal Plan into reality.
To help the people of the region provide feedback on these
processes, we're in the early stages of planning a "Civic
Engagement Boot Camp," which will be a chance to learn from
experienced voices about how to approach decision-makers
effectively, and how to separate out what kind of input goes where.
More details will be coming soon!
6. How to get
Do any of the things we've just listed seem like something
you'd like to be involved in? Drop us a line firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll get you
on board! We're also always looking for general volunteers
- you can find a
task list here on our website. The more, the
And that's it for today! Have a great one.