Voices comment: This was published in The Ubyssey in October 2014, and with the current emphasis on sustainability and the upcoming OCP public hearing we thought it was worth a read. Patrick Condon, the author, worked with the City of North Vancouver on ‘the 100 year Sustainability Vision’ a few years ago.
Quoting in part:
The City of Vancouver has recently drawn community criticism over high-rise development projects beyond the downtown core. Condon, who is a vocal proponent of low-rise neighbourhoods, recommends a “cheaper and better structurally sound” approach to city planning rather than building typical skyscrapers in a city that requires earthquake resistant domiciles.
“Where you’re going to build, build four to five storeys,” said Condon, who also advocates an increase in trees to maintain the city’s charms.