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RV 2015: Sinking in a Sea of Green? Anti-Government Crusaders Get Their Way by Gordon Price

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While other cities sprawled, expanding suburbs and highways, Metro Vancouver, BC, invested in transit, complete communities and compact development to create "Cities in a Sea of Green." After two decades of progress, voters rejected a referendum to expand the region's transit system. How was a community convinced to vote against a funding measure that supported the sustainable ethos they'd embraced for so long? Was it really the successful work of anti-government crusaders? Join in a discussion of the Vancouver experience and see what lessons you can take home.

Moderator: Ron Stewart, AIA, Principal, ZGF Architects, LLP, Portland, Oregon
Gordon Price, Program Director, The City Program, Simon Fraser University at Harbour Centre, Vancouver, British Columbia

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RV 2015: Sinking in a Sea of Green? Anti-Government Crusaders Get Their Way by Gordon Price

  1. 1. Vancouver
  2. 2. Greater Vancouver
  3. 3. Constraint catalysed creativity: •  In  how  we  lived. •  In  how  we  moved.
  4. 4. “A Pattern for Tomorrow: “A Vision for Metro Vancouver for the futuristic date of 1990.” 1952 “Cities in a Sea of Green”
  5. 5. “Cities in a Sea of Green” Proposed Regional Plan 1963 Agricultural Land Reserve 1973
  6. 6. Completecommunities Sustainable economy
  7. 7. Vancouverism
  8. 8. 1997 City of Vancouver Transportation Plan
  9. 9. • No increase in road capacity • Accommodate growth through walking, cycling, and transit • Support regional TDM measures • Maintain good truck access • Support neighbourhood traffic calming • Provide services & jobs close to home Key Elements of 1997 Plan
  10. 10. • No increase in road capacity • Accommodate growth through walking, cycling, and transit • Support regional TDM measures • Maintain good truck access • Support neighbourhood traffic calming • Provide services & jobs close to home Key Elements of 1997 Plan
  11. 11. Vancouver Chinatown Freeway
  12. 12. Traffic volumes in and out of Downtown Vancouver today are about the same as 1965
  13. 13. Walking City Streetcar Trolley City
  14. 14. Walkable Urban
  15. 15. Bute Street minipark at Haro Traffic calming / Road diets
  16. 16. Dunsmuir  Street  separated  bike  lane   Cycle Tracks
  17. 17. A young adult in the City of Vancouver / UEL with a driver’s licence is in the minority.   50% 16-24
  18. 18. SkyTrain Rapid Transit
  19. 19. Transit and Density/GrowthPopulation & Employment Density around Rapid Transit Stations
  20. 20. NEWPORT VILLAGE Port Moody
  21. 21. Residen'al  Development  1961   Historic Residential Growth Patterns
  22. 22. Residen'al  Development  1971   Historic Residential Growth Patterns
  23. 23. Residen'al  Development  1981   Historic Residential Growth Patterns
  24. 24. During  the  1980s:   70%  of  Growth     within  the  1981   Urban  Base   Residen'al  Development  1991   Historic Residential Growth Patterns
  25. 25. During  the  1990s:   78%  of  Growth     Within  the  1991   Urban  Base   Residen'al  Development  2001   Historic Residential Growth Patterns
  26. 26. Residen'al  Development  2006   Historic Residential Growth Patterns
  27. 27. “The Psychology of Previous Investment”t “By increasing the capacity of our transportation infrastructure, we allow traffic to flow more smoothly.” Kevin Falcon Minister of Transportation 2004-09 Dedicated to the “efficient, free and rapid flow of traffic.”
  28. 28. Trans-Canada Highway Metro Vancouver
  29. 29. Port Mann Bridge
  30. 30. Arterial Widenings
  31. 31. Gateway Project South Fraser Perimeter Road
  32. 32. PROPOSED MASSEY BRIDGE •  Pacific migratory flyway •  Best agricultural land in Canada •  Land below sea level One Meter Rise in Sea Level
  33. 33. Port Mann Bridge Highway 99 widening South Fraser Perimeter Road Golden Ears Bridge Sea to Sky widening Pitt River Bridge Massey Crossing Highway 1 widening Sunshine Coast Connector Pattullo Bridge replacement
  34. 34. 2015 Transportation Referendum
  35. 35. Price Tags pricetags.wordpress.com SFU City Program sfu.ca/city Gordon Price

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