Density, Closer to the Ground

Vancouver, Canada, famous for its dense downtown development, is changing tack slightly with a transit corridor from downtown to the airport, bringing building heights down mostly to 4 to 12 stories.

Robert Steutville writes:

"In May the City Council approved the Cambie Corridor Plan, which over the next 30 years should fill much of the Cambie Street corridor between downtown and Vancouver International Airport with buildings of four stories and higher.

Towers will rise at a few of the thoroughfare's most heavily trafficked locations, but those will be exceptions. For the most part, the corridor - served by a $2 billion rail line that opened in August 2009 - will top out at the twelfth floor. Vancouver Planning Director Brent Toderian sees the combination of 'mid-rise urbanism,' rail transit, and district energy systems as "a new North American ‘best practice.' "

Thanks to Robert Steuteville

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