Is Vancouver, Canada The New Model For Urban Planning?

Having recently shown off its vibrant and dense downtown at the 2006 World Urban Forum, planners from around the world are looking to Vancouver as a model for sustainable urban planning.

"At the World Urban Forum in June, the city's praises were sung by both locals and visitors, and with good reason. In the thirty years since the first World Urban Forum in Vancouver, Canada's third largest city has developed its own style of integrated planning for a more sustainable urban form. This style of planning successfully integrates all dimensions of city planning, from transport to affordable housing to recreation planning, and has become known as 'Vancouverism'.

Vancouver's success demonstrates not only models for creating high-density urban spaces that are livable, but also highlights the critical importance of leadership, vision and governance in achieving sound planning.

Full Story: Vancouverism – ideas for Australian cities?

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