World Urbanists Take Manhattan - Addendum

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Some of you may remember my observations in an earlier post on the wonderful event I participated in earlier this year, with New York's Forum for Urban Design. Its rare indeed to get the opportunity to discuss and debate issues of urbanism over 2 days with the chief planners for New York, Boston, London, Singapore and Toronto. Months later, I'm still thinking about some of the perspectives I debated about with my peers in these great cities. You can see my earlier comments on the discussion, titled "World Urbanists take Manhattan: Lessons learned and left" at:

The reason for this post though, is that I can now share the "verbatim" transcripts as made available on the web and in book-form by the Forum. I put verbatim in quotes, as a process error led to a portion of my edits not making it into the final version. Thus a few characterizations aren't quite right, some numbers are off, and eagle-eyed readers familiar with Vancouver will see some unrecognizable street names. But in terms of the ideas and discussion, hopefully some interesting thoughts. Here's the link . maybe the debates will continue here in Planetizen.

Brent Toderian is an international consultant on advanced urbanism with TODERIAN UrbanWORKS, Vancouver’s former Director of City Planning, and the President of the Council for Canadian Urbanism. Follow him on Twitter @BrentToderian


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