Comment 108601

By kevlahan (registered) | Posted January 30, 2015 at 17:14:49

Incidentally, Vancouver does not have a ward system and does have municipal political parties. It has also had a strong planning department that operates with minimal day-to-day interference from Council for over 40 years.

I think the important thing about Vancouver is that they made a decision to not build or widen roads back in the 1970s, realized what this implied, and has stuck on a consistent course of mixed use densification and promoting transit, walking and cycling through many different mayors and councils ever since. The adopted a "transportation hierarchy" that puts walking first and private cars last many years ago and, unlike Hamilton with its goal of doubling per capita transit use, has consistently made changes to promote this hierarchy ever since.

Another interesting point is that Vancouver and Hamilton had similar populations, and Hamilton real estate was actually worth more in the 1960s.

Comment edited by kevlahan on 2015-01-30 17:35:44

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