Jim Green Memorial Lecture 2019: Nathan Edelson



Jim Green Memorial Lecture 2019: Nathan Edelson

When: Wed, March 13, 2019. 7:00 PM.
Where: Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.
Additional Info: Co-presented by SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement and the Jim Green Foundation

The Future of Inner City Planning

Nathan Edelson and Norma-Jean McLaren

Nathan Edelson will reflect on his experience of almost a half century as a community planner in Vancouver and other cities in North America. He has contributed to many innovative initiatives and worked closely with Jim Green as the former Senior Planner for the Downtown Eastside.  He has served  as the Founding Executive Director of Little Mountain Neighbourhood House and an Adjunct Professor at UBC's School of Planning. He is currently the Project Manager for the False Creek South *RePlan Committee, a consultant on Local Jobs and Procurement with the Parq Vancouver and an active board member of the Portland Hotel Society and  the DTES Centre for the Arts. He  will discuss the future of community planning in Vancouver, including how best to intervene where the fractures and fault lines present themselves. Edelson will reflect on how best to activate neighbourhood residents and business people to build public support for progressive policymaking.


Jim Green (May 25, 1943 – February 28, 2012) was an American-Canadian dual citizen who was a longshoreman, taxicab driver, community activist, non-profit housing developer, municipal politician, university instructor, and development consultant. Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Green moved to Canada to avoid being drafted for the Vietnam War. Green completed a Masters in Anthropology from the University of British Columbia, a Bachelor of Arts from the University of South Carolina, and studied at the Sorbonne, the Millennium Film Institute in New York, and the University of Colorado.

During the 1980's, he was Executive Director of the Downtown Eastside Residents Association. He served in numerous roles in the provincial government in community economic and social housing development. In 2002, he was elected to Vancouver City Council. He was one of the leading forces behind the Woodward's redevelopment, completed in 2010.

The lecture will be followed by a reception with appetizers and drinks.



Wednesday, March 13, 2019