What makes your neighbourhood special? Is it an abundance of dog-friendly parks? A thriving food-scene? A hub of independent retail?
For Rize, a vibrant neighbourhood has three essential elements: distinct architecture resulting in a strong sense of place; functional places for life, work and play; and a community committed to supporting each other. A place where daily life is balanced with the vibrancy of urban living.
From Mount Pleasant to Surrey’s City Centre, we connected with small business owners, restaurateurs, and city advocates whose work has made their neighbourhoods vibrant places to be. In our first series, we spoke to Gaby Bayona, owner and Creative Director of Truvelle and Stranger Agency; Dayandra Elrod, owner of Good Boy Collective; Shaun Layton, co-owner of Como Taperia; and Anita Huberman, CEO of Surrey Board of Trade.
Every neighbourhood has a personality. What would yours say?
Gaby: To me, my neighbourhood (Gastown) is vibrant, diverse, and loves to keep you on your toes.
Shaun: I’m an old but young neighbourhood (Mount Pleasant), filled with art and culture. From the old coffee shops and book shops to newer breweries and restaurants, a neighbourhood that is constantly changing but still keeping it real.