Writer, philosopher, poet, athlete, politician — Clive Doucet has been a renaissance man too interested in life’s many possibilities to ever settle down –- except for his passion for cities.

He has been a disciple of Jane Jacobs, first meeting her when he was a student in the Stop Spadina Movement.  Their admiration turned out to be mutual.  She quoted Clive in Dark Age Ahead, and wrote to support his last book ‘Urban Meltdown’.

DOUCET: Turkish transit Part 2: Moving People versus Fixing the Transitway

Once you get into the details, there are so many things that are different about Turkey’s shared transport system from Ottawa’s that... Read More

Transit Vision/Transit Reality: Ottawa vs. Ankara, Part 1

I enjoyed Adam Bentley’s transit map vision for Ottawa of the future, but nevertheless found it frustrating that the mindset in my... Read More

DOUCET: Cities are not a biological phenomenon

Cities are not like trees. They are not a biological phenomenon. You can’t just add water and sunlight and expect a city to grow out... Read More

DOUCET: Cities can’t survive on coffee and donut politics

It’s easy to understand why Mr. Harper is so enamoured with the coffee and donut franchise. They are everywhere from fishing villages... Read More

The urban argument for coalition government

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The landscape that will never pay for itself

It’s hard to find anything in the world that I find more tiresome than listening to an ‘expert’ explain how the suburbs can be more... Read More

CLIVE DOUCET: Sprawl-free with no commute – the Whistler advantage

It seems like you’ve landed in paradise when you arrive in Whistler. The road winds along a coastline of staggering beauty with... Read More

Versailles redux

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