City Making in Paradise: Nine Decisions that Saved Vancouver

Paperback | August 15, 2007

byKen Cameron, Michael HarcourtAs told bySean Rossiter

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This critical work explores the issues and citizen action that made Vancouver one of the world's most livable cities -- an international urban poster child -- and challenges policy-makers and the public to reinvigorate the debate for the next generation of successful sustainable city building.

Time and again, Vancouver is recognized internationally as one of the best places to live. It achieved that reputation by breaking rules and forging its own brand of North American urbanism. This compelling book details the nine most important decisions made in the Greater Vancouver region since the 1940s. Authors Mike Harcourt and Ken Cameron, themselves key players in several of these developments, reveal the political machinations, the ideological struggles and the personal commitment that lay behind each one. By tracing today's successes back to their roots, they illustrate their central theme: that cities are the result of the daily choices we make as leaders, activists and citizens.

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This critical work explores the issues and citizen action that made Vancouver one of the world's most livable cities -- an international urban poster child -- and challenges policy-makers and the public to reinvigorate the debate for the next generation of successful sustainable city building. Time and again, Vancouver is recognized in...

Ken Cameron has held senior planning and management positions with the City of New Westminster and the Greater Vancouver Regional District since the late 1970s. He is CEO of the British Columbia Homeowner Protection Office.Mike Harcourt is a former premier of British Columbia (1991-96), mayor of Vancouver (1980-86) and city alderman (1...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.62 inPublished:August 15, 2007Language:English

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ISBN - 10:1553652576

ISBN - 13:9781553652571

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Introduction: The Real City of Vancouver1. The Lower Mainland Regional Planning Board2. No Freeways3. The Agricultural Land Reserve4. The Liveable Region Proposals5. Gordon Campbell Tries His Political Wings6. The Livable Region Strategic Plan/Transport 20217. The Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority8. The Sustainable Region Initiative9. Innovation and Enablement: The Role of the Province10. The Next Choices