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The Vancouver Achievement


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AcknowledgmentsIntroduction: Urban Design as Public Policy in North America1 Introducing VancouverPart 1: Setting a New Planning Agenda2 TEAM and the Reform of Planning, 1972-803 Creating a Livable Central Area, 1975-91Part 2: Designing Neighbourhoods4 Single-Family Neighbourhoods, 1980-20005 CityPlan, 1992-2000 6. Megaprojects on the Waterfront, 1987-20007 Downtown Vancouver, 1991-2000Part 3: Regulating Development and Improving Design8 Reforming Permit Processing and Development Levies, 1980-20009 Discretionary Control and Design Quality, 1997-200010 Conclusion: Assessing Vancouver's Achievement PostscriptAppendices:1 Awards for planning and design in Vancouver2 Chronology of key planning initiatives, policy documents, government policies, and politics in the City of Vancouver, 1965-20013 Organization charts for the city planning function, 1975-2001GlossaryReferencesFigureCreditsIndex

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Recognizing that urbanists all over North America and even further afield have started to identify Vancouver as a model city for the future and have attributed this in part to the sustained planning efforts of the local government, this book could become a seminal guide to ongoing study and evaluation of the city. -- Larry Beasley, Co-Director, Planning, City of Vancouver, and Adjunct Professor, School of Community and Regional Planning, UBC

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John Punter is a professor of urban design in the Department of City and Regional Planning at Cardiff University, Wales.


The Vancouver Achievement represents the most substantial evaluation to date on the role of planning and local policy concerning the reformation of land use and landscapes in Vancouver, including treatments of the planning record in suburban as well as in central city settings ... The Vancouver Achievement, in the comprehensiveness and depth of its analysis, supported by an extensive fieldwork program entailing interviews and documentary review, is itself a considerable achievement. -- Tom Hutton * BC Studies, Spring 2005 *
The Vancouver Achievement is a solid book, promising a long shelf life for anyone wishing to learn about the history of planning and architecture in British Columbia. -- Jill Wade * Canadian Literature 184, Spring 2005 *
Admirably organized and readable. * New Urban News *

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