Free Lecture: Principles and Politics of Urban Sustainability

Growth in Metro Vancouver is at a crossroads. We welcome newcomers and are planning for a predicted increase in population. But citizens and developers are skeptical about the planning process and are debating the outcomes. What does it mean to implement smart growth? And what kind of leadership is needed to make it happen?

What can Vancouver learn about implementing smarter growth?

The Vancouver City Planning Commission is presenting an evening with Councillor Robert Liberty  from Portland Oregon’s Metro Council — an early and leading smart growth advocate. Like Vancouver, Portland has weighed into the debate over urban sprawl and Councillor Robert Liberty has been at the heart of the debate. He has strongly promoted walkable districts through the redevelopment of neighbourhood centres and along main streets. He has also promoted increasing local transportation and housing choices, as key components to healthy communities. Councilor Liberty advocates giving citizens a stronger role in the regional planning decisions affecting their future. He will speak about the political challenges and triumphs of smarter growth in cities and regions.

Details

When: Tuesday, November 20, 2007, 6:45 – 8:00 pm
Where: SFU Harbour Centre, Labatt Theatre, 515 West Hastings St.

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