Atlantic Cities closed the year with this: The Best Thing My City Did This Year.
For the Vancouver region, Brent Toderian thought it was this:
2013 has been a banner year across the region in hyper-charging this rethinking and rebuilding, all based on the transformative power of public transit. Public processes have started, approvals are being given, and construction is underway for the urbanizing of car-centric malls and 1970s town centers, turning them inside out with externalized streets, and new public places. It isn’t just a ‘fake main street’ or a ‘better suburb’ though – it’s about creating real urban conditions with a dense mix of housing and jobs, excellent transit access, and walkable design.” – Brent Toderian, consultant with TODERIAN UrbanWORKS, former Vancouver Chief Planner, and President of the Council for Canadian Urbanism
Me? I thought, for my neighbourhood, it was lane housing in the West End. Lane housing is not unprecedented, whether at Mole Hill or in development massed like this (but with an entrance on to the lane):
The new plan says: “Through Laneways 2.0 encourage infill housing in the Neighbourhoods that provides 100% market rental housing, particularly for families with children.”
What think you? Send in your nominations in Comments below for “Best Thing My City Did This Year” – and if I get more than five, we’ll have a vote.