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Canadian Urbanism Uncovered

Practicing Bad Habits

How productive zoning has been abandoned and replaced with overly speculative behaviour.


Stupid is as stupid does. We’ve forgotten how to make cities that work for everyone. Critics will say that our local affordability crises can be root-caused by Vancouver’s longstanding, hyper-capitalistic, approach to rewarding development proponents with density, height and other land use entitlements in exchange for better livability, neighbourliness and contextual response. There is truth to this criticism of what, at the time, was considered world-leading best practice. Our highly... Read more

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