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Vancouver Urbanism

Vancouver is undergoing some serious growth, even after years of development with condos and sprawling suburbs. Having just visited, I was again reminded of the sorry state of the transportation infrastructure in this finest of Canadian Cities.

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Yet there is even more to do in Metro Vancouver to provide a model for the future. While your metro area has many examples of great walkable urbanism, over 85 per cent of you still use the car for most of your travel needs around the region. That indicates a metro with an over-dependence on a single form of transportation and one land use option; the drivable suburban option.

There is a lot of good going on, but there is still a lot of improvement to be found. What do you love/hate about traveling around this city? Could America learn something from Vancouver?

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Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of UrbanWorkbench.com and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada. If I post something here that you find helpful as you navigate the world of engineering, planning and building communities, that’s wonderful. But when push comes to shove: This is my personal blog. The views expressed on these pages are mine alone and not those of my employer.

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