Centre A welcomes architect Joe Wai, urban planner Nathan Edelson, community builder Doris Chow, academic/community activator Melissa Fong, community planner, Kathryn Lennon, and others to engage in a conversation specifically addressing the challenge of 105 Keefer as we reflect on past experience and contemplate ways forward for Vancouver's Chinatown.
Nathan Edelson is a Senior Partner with 42nd Street Consulting which supports inclusive planning for diverse communities.
has worked on projects linking government and community organizations in a variety of settings including Delta, Fort Saint John, Haida Gwaii, Johannesburg, Regina, Sao Paulo, Toronto and Vancouver.
He is also an Adjunct Professor with the University of British Columbia's School of Community and Regional Planning and a Bousfield Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the University of Toronto.
was Planner with the City of Vancouver Planning Department
from 1983 to 2008.
For 15 years, he
was the senior planner focusing on the many challenging issues facing the Downtown Eastside - including historic Chinatown, Gastown, Strathcona and Victory Square.
Prior to that, he
was the planner for Downtown South, Granville Street and the Joyce Station SkyTrain area (Collingwood Village).
He also led initiatives on the Central Area Plan, Secondary Suites and Liquor Licensing Policy.
Before joining the City, Edelson was the founding Executive Director of Little Mountain Neighbourhood House, a community-based social service agency.
Through this work, he has managed the development of innovative Community Building policies and programs involving Arts and Culture, Economic Revitalization, Health Care and Social Services, Heritage Conservation, Housing, Public Safety and Public Realm Improvements and Programming.