Spreading the Gospel of Vancouverism

As planning director of Vancouver until 2006, Larry Beasley was instrumental in the creation of the downtown's new form. Since stepping down, he's been spreading the word across the globe of what makes Vancouverism work so well.
April 7, 2009, 6am PDT | Tim Halbur
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"Mr. Beasley is identified with so-called Vancouverism, a planning movement that is "characterized by tall, but widely separated, slender towers interspersed with low-rise buildings, public spaces, small parks and pedestrian-friendly streetscapes and facades to minimize the impact of a high-density population," according to The New York Times.

Since stepping down as the city's chief planner, Mr. Beasley, 60, has taken Vancouverism abroad, to cities as distant and different as Dallas, Rotterdam and Abu Dhabi. He is putting even more emphasis on sustainable planning. Not as a catchy marketing device, but as a real, practical, technology-based solution to urban woes such as traffic congestion, pollution, and general hideousness.

He has his work cut out for him: Among his many assignments is the improvement of Ottawa."

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Published on Saturday, April 4, 2009 in National Post
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