Now, the city has revealed detailed plans for a fitting tribute that will soon take shape in the West End at the intersection of Davie and Bute streets.
In recent summers, the one-block stretch of Bute just south of Davie has been blocked to vehicle traffic in order to accommodate a number of colourful picnic tables. The plan—which city council is expected to receive towards the end of July—proposes that space be permanently set aside for foot traffic.
While the plan doesn't mention Deva, a spokesperson for the city confirmed the idea is to name the space in his memory.
According to the design concept document, the plaza will include expanded patios, weather-protected seating and tables, additional movable seating, overhead strand lighting, new trees and plants, and a "Jim Deva Soapbox", which the plans describe as a speaker's corner kiosk.
"The revised plaza design concept features a mix of seating elements including backs and armrests, low tables, and larger seating platforms playfully arranged to create seating alcoves and islands along the plaza," the report states. "Moveable tables and chairs allow the free arrangement of seating for informal use and plaza events, and are stored conveniently adjacent to the plaza.
"Suspended cable lighting creates a ceiling of lights for a comfortable ambient glow and are supplemented by additional projector lights to allow versatility for special events," it continues. "The plaza bulges into the south lane of Davie Street to integrate stronger with the social spaces of the Village. A special overhead feature provides a halo of light suspended over the rainbow crossings of the intersection to mark the 'Heart' of Davie Village."
The report notes the plan is the result of a public consultation process that saw 1,500 people attend open houses related to the project.
Deva has been described by the Straight has "one of the most beloved LGBT activists in Vancouver". The cofounder of Little Sister's Book and Art Emporium was 65 when he passed away last fall.