Edmonton residents want the city's planning and infrastructure to accommodate everyone — regardless of income, housing status, or how they choose to get around.
That's what Taproot heard in the final People's Agenda listening session on April 29, which saw more than 20 people participate in a discussion about public infrastructure.
The event was prompted by Taproot’s People's Agenda, a document that’s being compiled based on the responses to this question: What key issue do you want the candidates to talk about as they compete for votes in the 2021 municipal election, and why?
Vivian Manasc, the event's featured speaker, said that good city planning is inclusive of all residents.
"A healthy city has space for many different ideas," she said. "It has to work for everyone."
Manasc is an author, former president of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, and the senior principal and architect at Reimagine (formerly Manasc Isaac), a company she co-founded in 1997. In 2018, she earned a lifetime achievement award from the Canada Green Building Council for her contributions to eco-friendly building design.
Those who attended the listening session broadly agreed that city councillors should be as inclusive as possible when it comes to building Edmonton. To this end, they said the next city council should make the city more walkable, implement more infrastructure for houseless residents, and involve the community more in the planning of big infrastructure projects.