The livable city

Atlantans (that’s people from Atlanta, not to be confused with the extinct and water-logged Atlanteans) are learning from Vancouver about how to plan their city as a pedestrian-friendly urban utopia.

Unfortunately for the visitors, their big freeways are already built, just like in virtually every other city in North America, so they’re kind of stuck with them. Best of luck tearing them down, though.

Speaking of pedestrian-friendly, I took a jaunt from Granville Island to Kitsilano beach along the seawall recently. Best walk in the city, period.

Well, if you’re not a flesh-eating zombie.

1 Comment so far

  1. Chris (unregistered) on May 29th, 2007 @ 9:54 am

    I think its important to recognize why Vancouver doesn’t have freeways – “[the] city’s determination in the 1970s and ’80s to resist the lure of freeways as an easy answer to traffic problems.”

    Gee….doesn’t that sound familiar. Activists in Vancouver fought hard in the 70’s and 80’s and now we’re living the fruits of their labour. And yet, politicians in this province want to ignore our successes and revisit highway expansion – Gateway Project.

    Not to be too negative, I have to give credit to recent Vancouver EcoDensity planning initiatives coming out of the city. We’ll have to wait and see how much of the plan they implement, but the ideas are all top-notch.

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