Vancouver

April 6, 2010, 12pm PDT
During the 17 days of the Winter Olympics, Vancouver significantly beefed up its transit offerings and reduced lanes for automobiles. Did the experiment work, and what would happen if these temporary changes were made permanent?
re:place Magazine
Blog post
April 5, 2010, 8am PDT

The 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics and Paralympics are over now. City Planner Brent Toderian described in a recent Planetizen blog how the event showcased Vancouver’s Urbanism, including the quality of its neighborhoods, streets and public transit system, and the delight of a shared community experience.

Todd Litman
March 22, 2010, 7am PDT
Shanghai is preparing for the 2010 World Expo, but the Chinese investment won't create anything like the urban investment created in Vancouver for the Olympics, says Brendon Crain.
Next American City
February 28, 2010, 1pm PST
The Olympics have ended in Vancouver, but their costs live on.
The New York Times
Blog post
February 25, 2010, 4pm PST

Among the countless stories being written on the successes and challenges of these 2010 Olympic Winter Games, not surprisingly the most interesting stories to me are those that speak to the challenges of great urbanism. As a host city, Vancouver has become a massive urban laboratory, with so many opportunities to learn, and we’re soaking it all up.

As we are coming to the end of the final week, a few examples of big experiments and learnings come to mind.

Brent Toderian
February 20, 2010, 1pm PST
This post from <em>Next American City</em> looks at Vancouver's homelessness problem and the public outreach effort underway to bring attention and solutions to the problem.
Next American City
February 17, 2010, 5am PST
This piece from <em>Fast Company</em> looks at the legacy that will remain in Vancouver after the Olympics are over.
Fast Company
February 16, 2010, 1pm PST
The Olympic Village in Vancouver's Southeast False Creek has earned a platinum rating in the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED for Neighborhood Development rating system.
CTV
February 16, 2010, 10am PST
Lisa Rouchon of The Globe and Mail says that Vancouver's Olympic Village might not be a cure-all for the city's problems, but it is a well-planned vision for the future.
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
February 15, 2010, 11am PST
Vancouver lost its Triple A credit rating after being forced to bail out its Olympic Athletes Village when the hedge fund that had backed it went under -- just one of the unpredicted events that made this a Recession Olympics.
Financial Times
February 12, 2010, 1pm PST
As the Winter Olympics kick off in Vancouver, the city has been named the world's "most livable city".
Reuters
February 12, 2010, 7am PST
<em>Grist</em> takes a look at the Olympic city of Vancouver, and lists some of its greenest attributes, and some of its less-than-green downfalls.
Grist
February 10, 2010, 11am PST
<em>The Tyee</em> talks with former Vancouver Mayor and British Columbia Premier Mike Harcourt, who argues that the investment to host the 2010 Winter Olympics are worthwhile.
The Tyee
Blog post
February 10, 2010, 10am PST

The Winter Olympics will begin later this week in Vancouver, British Columbia. Like other hosts of such large-scale sporting events, the city has been getting ready for the international spotlight for many years. To hear more about what's been going on in the city in terms of urban planning, I interviewed Vancouver Planning Director Brent Toderian, and you can read a transcript of that Q&A on Places.

Nate Berg
February 8, 2010, 5am PST
Vancouver is playing host to the Winter Olympics beginning later this week. It's a city admired across North America. But it's also home to a pocket of severe poverty and homelessness.
The New York Times
February 2, 2010, 8am PST
With the Winter Olympics fast approaching, the editor of Vancouver Magazine takes a shot at capturing the big picture of the city that has become a model for planners everywhere.
The Walrus
February 1, 2010, 12pm PST
Two interesting video submissions this week, one an atmospheric tour of Vancouver, BC and one of San Francisco before the 1906 earthquake.
YouTube
January 31, 2010, 11am PST
Locals in some of the smaller towns of British Columbia are skeptical that they will see the economic benefits of the this year's Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
Winnipeg Free Press
January 27, 2010, 9am PST
A human rights group in Vancouver is hoping to distribute free tents to the city's homeless in an attempt to temporarily shelter the homeless and bring attention to the city's homelessness when it plays host to the Winter Olympics.
The Tyee
January 25, 2010, 5am PST
The standard apartment building puts the public spaces (hallways) on the inside. Vancouver's new False Creek development "extroverts the circulation spaces," says Erick Villagomez.
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