What's Green and Not-So-Green About Vancouver

Grist takes a look at the Olympic city of Vancouver, and lists some of its greenest attributes, and some of its less-than-green downfalls.

Jonathan Hiskes writes "The David Suzuki Foundation, a prominent Canadian environmental group based in Vancouver, has a mildly optimistic take. It gives the games a 'bronze' medal for green efforts, praising the smartly designed venues, fairly compact layout of the games, and transparent carbon accounting. But it says organizers missed a big opportunity by making many transportation improvements temporary rather than permanent additions to the city.

Many locals have a much dimmer view, protesting the $6 billion public bailout used to rescue the games from recession woes, a ticketing racket that shut out many locals, and the perception that real estate honchos held undue sway over the planning."

Among its green pros are the city's density, mass transit and the new Athletes Village, which is being heralded as one of the most sustainable developments in North America.

Some of the city's cons include its homelessness, crime and affordability issues.

Full Story: The 10 greenest and brownest things about Vancouver

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una mas con

Oh yeah, one more con was the crackhead running across the street with a syringe hanging out of her leg last time I was up there.

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