Despite Smear, Vancouver Density is Key to City

In Vancouver, urban density is being attacked as a detriment to the city. But as this column argues, the city's emphasis on density and transit accessibility is what makes the city great.

Columnit Stephen Quinn writes of a smear campaign against a new condo project which had been characterized as the "Attack of the 50-foot Condos". But 50 feet is only five stories, not the mega monster its critics despise.

"What the Cambie corridor has going for it is an excellent transit line. A $2-billion, highly efficient, underground people mover that can grow in capacity by adding trains and increasing frequency. While it may marginally slow down trips to the airport or Richmond, the proposed stations at 33rd Avenue and 57th Avenue need to be built sooner rather than later, so the line serves people who live in the corridor, and not just those who are passing through."

Full Story: Public transit is the key to a sustainable city

Comments

Prepare for the AICP* Exam

Join the thousands of students who have utilized the Planetizen AICP* Exam Preparation Class to prepare for the American Planning Association's AICP* exam.
Starting at $245
AICP CTP Storefont Display

The first online AICP* CTP exam prep class

Are you ready to take the AICP* Certified Transportation Planner exam?
Priced at $245 for May exam!
Women's t-shirt with map of Los Angeles

City T-Shirts for the ladies!

Women's Supersoft CityFabric© Fashion Fit Tees. Now available in six different cities.
$24.00
Book cover of Contemporary Debates in Urban Planning

Contemporary Debates in Urban Planning

Featuring thought-provoking commentary and insights from some of the leading thinkers and practitioners in the field.
$18.95