Transplanting The Vancouver Model To The Middle East

The man largely responsible for planning modern day Vancouver has found his next challenge in the Middle Eastern capital of Abu Dhabi.

"When Larry Beasley received an e-mail from Abu Dhabi government headhunters more than two years ago, he dismissed it as spam.

Surely the last thing he needed days before he was set to retire after a 32-year career in Vancouver's planning department was another scam artist bothering him.

But another e-mail arrived, this time with more urgency. Then a phone call. Mr. Beasley thought he would humour the caller.

"I found out that they wanted me to develop a plan for [Abu Dhabi], that they wanted it to be one of the best cities in the world and that they had been doing a search for the person to lead the way," Mr. Beasley said during an interview at the lavish "seven-star" Emirates Palace hotel.

The youthful-looking 59-year-old's name kept popping up to the Emirati staffers, who were hearing about "the Vancouver Model," a world-renowned planning concept that tightly packs in high-density buildings while discouraging car traffic as much as possible."

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