I believe the following are important considerations for Richmond’s future social development:

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  • Lawins over 6 years ago
    In my opinion, Richmond has been developing too many residential units in downtown area. If we have more office units around Canada Line, we may attract the companies moving from Vancouver downtown to Richmond by 20 mins ride.Besides, Richmond may develop exhibition businesses by using Oval space. Due to our city is close to the YVR and the relationship with Asia, attract the Asian exhibitors should not be an issue.
  • rmdplan2014 over 6 years ago
    Richmond Council insists we need more affordable housing and yet they allow all these " luxury" condos to be built. As long as immigrants have suitcases full of money, developers will concentrate on getting rich. Why would they build a low income rental units ? No money in that.
  • Grasshopper over 6 years ago
    Affordable housing in Richmond is very important. Of course developers want to make money, this is exactly the reason for developing and implementing an appropriate and relevant social development strategy. Don't just take money from the developers, have policies in place to guarantee a percentage of affordable housing and affordable rental units. We need to have a long term vision, and be REALLY inclusive to everyone. Choices are important, and we need to defend that.
  • Grasshopper over 6 years ago
    We have focuses on older adults, youth and families, new immigrants. I believe, personally, that people with disabilities should be more included in the strategy as well. I hope to see a challenge to the City of Richmond to increase the employment of people with disabilities in the coming 5 years by providing employment opportunities, work experience and training, perhaps in partnership with related social service providers in Richmond. We also need inclusive recreational programs at the community centres.
  • kathbeau over 6 years ago
    Richmond Oval is a multi sports complex not an exhibition centre, two entirely different business models. If you want a Exhibition centre down town then that's a completly different plan. The lower mainland already has enough exhibition space.Office space in the down town core is worth considering but I'm sure if there was a market for it, the developers would be right on it.
  • Marmaduke over 6 years ago
    There is still a bit of putting people into categories - "seniors", "minority groups" etc- sometimes all we need is something fairly inclusive. As an artist in an art group, I want to be in an all-inclusive group - all ages, all backgrounds. So far, it is working that way - but we are not having a place where the arts groups can come together any more. Once upon a time, there were art shows in the Art Gallery of local groups, there was a "members" show that both raised funds for the Art Gallery and also culminated in a great evening where artists, community activists, collectors etc all came together for a real feeling of community. There is now no proper space for local artists to display work and, consequently, no sense of community with local artists. Artists can - and do- contribute a lot to a community- but we need opportunities to display and to come together as an inclusive group. My other gripe is not exactly social -more practical - we are all encouraged to recycle and to feel good about it- yet entire houses are knocked down and hauled off to landfill. There are communities where people have to de-construct houses and materials are saved. This makes more ecological sense - and could help us feel good about ourselves as a "green" community.
  • carven over 6 years ago
    I feel that the City itself can seek to remove social barriers that will make Richmond more of a socially safe space for political diversity and marginalized voices to find a platform.We have to consider that many of our Richmond residents are having discussions of community living that are limited within uni-lingual groups or small networks that are exclusive only to people who are known to be in solidarity of certain oppression.Multiculturalism and feelings of social inclusion are limited in that the majority of intercultural events are planned by the social service non-profit sector, by religious institutions and by various governments. There is room for improvement in discussing diversity in Richmond: some examples are poverty and social inequality within cultural groups that are known for their cultural economy (ie. the Chinese business community), the under-reporting and service gaps for relationship abuse, different forms of gender-based and sexuality-based privileging across cultural groups, and immigrant and racialized communities' awareness and understanding of Indigenous Peoples' histories, struggles and resistance.Generally speaking, migrants who are not proficient in French or English rely heavily on 'ethnic media' which is very much removed from community-based concerns and interests and which has not contributed to or met viewers/readers' interest to learn more English and to become more involved with civic participation. It is important for the City to proactively reach out to these people, some of whom may be skeptical of Canadian liberal democracy and may have long relied on sources of news that are not focused on interculturalism, civic engagement opportunities and social responsibility.
  • dawn over 6 years ago
    It is ironic that the Lets Talk Richmond forum about Social Development strategy has only six comments for one question or seven counting the one that appears twice and only eight comments for the other question. I was lucky to hear about and go to the Cinevolution Media Arts film showing and discussion of the local Indonesian film Nagasari this evening and found that most of the people who attended were very engaged so perhaps there is hope if the Social Development Strategy method of building on what is being done right can be sincerely applied to the Cinevolution Media Arts success with engagement.