Connecting the Dots: Thriving cities

Planted City Principal Steven Godfrey has been involved in urban policy development for more than a decade. 

Research:

  • Built a database of civic associations in five Canadian census metropolitan areas for the United Nations' HABITAT Programme;
  • Built a database of three decades of housing starts data for the Canada Home and Mortgage Corporation;
  • Built a database of regional housing data for Metro Vancouver's affordable housing strategy;
  • Researched and wrote a profile of Metro Vancouver's taxicab industry in inform the regional board's policy-making; 
  • Transcribed interviews and wrote a history of local bike infrastructure development for a University of Toronto based study published in the International Journal of Sustainable Transportation, ‘The Politics of Bicycle Lane Implementation: The Case of Vancouver’s Burrard Street Bridge’. 

Community engagement:

  • Managed two of the largest election sign campaigns in Canadian history; supporting sustainability-championing candidates for city council, parks and school boards and the mayor's chair; 
  • Coordinated the collection of census data from residents of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside neighbourhood for Statistics Canada.; hiring and managing 60 canvassers and liasing with neighbourhood groups, business and property owners; 
  • Developed and managed the social media presence of Cycle Kingston; a non-profit organization promoting safe bike transportation in Kingston, Ontario;
  • Continues to leverage social media tools to engage followers and create awareness about urban sustainability issues. 

Developing or updating policy? Contact Planted City.